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A Wisconsin Democrat said that removing the "Johnson Amendment" barring political endorsements by preachers and non-profits will "make the Sunni-Shi'a conflict in the Middle East look like a picnic." Rep. Ron Kind (D) of La Crosse made the remarks during a markup of the House version of the Republican tax reform bill. Then-Sen. Lyndon Johnson (D-Texas) authored the amendment to the U.S. Tax Code in 1954. President Trump has repeatedly called for it to be removed, and many Republicans have shared the sentiment. Kind was reacting to a motion by fellow Democrat John Lewis of Georgia, who introduced an amendment keeping the Johnson Amendment preserved in the tax bill. Kind, who identified himself as a practicing Lutheran, said he views his fellowship in church on Sunday as a way to "spend some time as a community, and as a nation, regardless of political affiliation." "I view [my church] as a sanctuary for my soul," he said. He said that in the age of hyper-partisanship on all sides, preserving the Johnson Amendment would retain worship as an activity free from political disagreements. "Repealing the Johnson Amendment will politicize the pulpit. It will create Civil War in the pews. It will establish Republican and Democratic churches, synagogues and mosques overnight," Kind said. Kind said that if the Johnson Amendment is repealed, "it is going to make the Sunni-Shi'a conflict in the Middle East look like a picnic." http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/11/10/democrat-congressmen-says-johnson-amendment-repeal-tax-bill-will-create-civil-war-church
Interesting to note how politician Tim Farron has decided to resign due to it not being compatible with his Christian faith. We as JWs know that the two aren't compatible but it struck me as a nice change that a non-JW came to the same conclusion. Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40281300 What is not surprising are the comments by religious leader, the acting Bishop of London (Peter Broadbent) said: Whereas Tim stated: So there's the contrast between an ordinary member of the public and a supposed spiritual leader. The world is indeed messed up!
http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/19/politics/obama-mandatory-voting/index.html Don't see it happening. But how do you friends handle it in Australia and Belgium? At least 26 countries have compulsory voting, according to the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. Failure to vote is punishable by a fine in countries such as Australia and Belgium; if you fail to pay your fine in Belgium, you could go to prison.
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