Saturday, August 26, 2006

Katherine Harris on Church & State

KATHERINE HARRIS (yes, the Katherine Harris) is taking religious pandering to a new level. Take a look at her comments to Florida Baptist Witness, the weekly journal of the Florida Baptist State Convention. Harris is seeking the Republican nomination for Senate and faces a tough primary on Sept. 5:

ORLANDO, Aug. 25 -- Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Fla.) said this week that God did not intend for the United States to be a "nation of secular laws" and that the separation of church and state is a "lie we have been told" to keep religious people out of politics..."If you're not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin," Harris said. (except from story in Washington Post, August 26, 2006)
Harris goes on to cite abortion and same-sex marriage as examples of the sin she is referring to. You can read the entire story at the Washington Post or read Harris's profile and interview straight from the source at Florida Baptist Witness. Then, if you dare, check out the editorial by James Smith, the Executive Director of Florida Baptist Witness. Here's the opening paragraph:

How many of you will sin on Sept. 5th by failing to vote? That’s the day when Floridians will go to the polls and choose candidates in each political party’s primaries for various statewide and local offices, as well as for certain non-partisan positions. Some voters choose to take advantage of the option of voting early or by absentee ballot. But, the bottom line is—by whatever means it is done, I believe Christians who fail to vote are, in fact, sinning.

I wonder which person has committed the greater sin: a man who doesn't vote or a man who marries his boyfriend?


At 8/26/2006 1:03 PM, Anonymous Alexander said...

Now that's a sin-full ethical quandary. Perhaps everyone is a sinner. . .

Their moral jig is up when religious groups and politicians mask community approval in the metaphysical language of sin. To manipulate faithful minds is a commission unpardonable.

At 8/27/2006 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's wrong with encouraging people to vote for christians?


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