Rand Paul said the following (according to PolitiFact): “You mentioned faith-based intermingling — government and faith-based,” Paul said. “George (W.) Bush did that, and I think it was a horrible mistake. One, I think the money sort of pollutes the mission of a purely Christian organization, or Muslim or whatever organization it is, and it obscures the church-state separation that there really ought to be. We shouldn’t have tax money flowing into churches. We should let churches do charity work, and that’s wonderful, but they shouldn’t be corrupted with government money.”
I wish more politicians would stand up and end the federal money that flows into faith-based organizations. The very First Amendment to our Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” I would think that pouring money into a church is thisclose to establishing a religion. Money equates power. Money is what makes the world go ’round. (I wish it was love, but it isn’t).
Today, too many people believe that religion should have something to do with politics. But, I say, keep your god out of MY politics and I’ll keep my God out of yours. I’m Roman Catholic and I’ve heard that some Priests said that if you voted for a pro-choice candidate, then you couldn’t take Holy Communion! Well, I just about flipped my lid over that one. Quite frankly, I think any church where the Pastor or Priest speaks out about politics on a regular basis, should lose its non-profit status and have to start paying taxes on property, etc. If the church (any church) wants to be a political entity, then you should treat it like one.