Values Voter Summit - A Confederacy of Dunces
| September 23, 2006 at 09:14 am
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Big doings this weekend for the nutjob right. Agape Press reports:
groups are dismissing warnings that a campaign they're launching this
week could result in churches losing their tax-exempt status.
conservative groups and their supporters will gather in Washington, DC,
this week for what they are calling the "2006 Values Voter Summit."
Among those slated to speak are pro-family leaders Dr. James Dobson,
Gary Bauer, Rev. Don Wildmon, and Tony Perkins -- and national leaders
such as Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Kansas Senator Sam
Brownback. The stated objective of the three-day event (September
22-24) is to "educate and equip Values Voters on today's family issues."
But Barry Lynn's group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State,
claims efforts by these conservative leaders to enlist clergy and their
flocks in this year's election campaign could violate government rules
for non-profit organizations. Lynn believes the upcoming conference may
be used to recruit churches for a campaign to keep Republicans in
control of Congress -- and he wants churches to know that endorsing or
supporting political candidates could cost them their tax-exempt
status. But organizers of the Values Voter Summit deny they will be
asking churches to do that.
Really? Let's go over
that list again -- 'Dr. James Dobson, Gary Bauer, Rev. Don Wildmon, and
Tony Perkins... Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Kansas Senator
Sam Brownback.' Republicans all. Even the White House is represented by
Press Secretary Tony Snow.