Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Plano Pastor communicates with congregation; political opponents throw a tantrum

"The sinners in Zion are afraid;
Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites:
'Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire?
Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?' "
Isaiah 33:14

Last December, the city of Plano enacted a "transgender" bathroom ordinance against the will of the people.  The first round of local elections since then takes place this Saturday.  Unfortunately, a local pastor reminded his congregation of this fact and we can't have community leaders communicating about public events using available means:

[Author's Note: While the story claims Church members objected to the e-mail, we find it revealing that they didn't interview any Church members for the story.]

From the Story:
Two weeks ago, the executive pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church sent an e-mail from his personal account. In it, Pastor Mike Buster endorsed five candidates in next week's local elections.
Some church members are concerned that this message crossed the line.
Matt Lagos is not a church member, but he is a candidate — one who is not mentioned in the pastor's e-mail.
"We need to keep the church separate from politics," Lagos said.
Lagos is challenging Ronald Kelley, who is mentioned in the e-mail for the Place 5 Plano City Council seat.
Referring to Kelley, Pastor Buster writes in the e-mail:
"We need to make sure we are electing local leaders who support our Christian values and who stand for the people."
Kelley is with Prestonwoood's ministerial staff and is director of the Prestonwood Foundation. 
In other words, a Pastor was communicating about a local election with friends as a private citizen and the people who didn't like what he had to say are now trying to create a Federal case where none exists.

On the other hand, this case could provide an excellent opportunity to finally litigate the Johnson Amendment.

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