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Churches to Practice Civil Disobedience on Sunday

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"I'm going to talk about the un-biblical stands that Barack Obama takes. Nobody who follows the Bible can vote for him. We may not be politically correct, but we are going to be biblically correct. We are going to vote for those who follow the Bible." That's Rev. Wiley S. Drake of First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park in the LA Times speaking about the "pulpit initiative," which has churches in California and 21 other states illegally delivering political sermons or giving endorsements to presidential candidates.

The problem is that there is a federal ban campaigning by nonprofit groups, something All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena got in trouble for--but was later cleared--in 2004. All Saints' rector and 179 other church leaders have signed a pledge against the initiative. "Political activity and political expressions are very important, but partisan politics are . . . . a death knell to the prophetic freedom that any religious organization must protect," Rev. Ed Bacon of All Saints said.

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According to radio ads, the "pulpit initiative" says there's nothing in the Constitution prohibiting such actions of endorsing candidates, or as they say, "scriptural truths."