PASTOR AND POLITICS
Author: Kari Kintner (11/05/08)
A sign outside a church in Kalispell is causing a stir. It says, "USA...One Abomination Under God." Causing many to bring up the idea of separation of church and state.
A pastor in Kalispell says he has good reason for putting a sign up outside his church Wednesday. It says "USA...One Abomination Under God." Now, he didn't spell "abomination" the same as "Obama-Nation," but it is his reaction to the election.
"As long as we still have free speech, we need to use it, to tell people that the nation is going in the wrong direction," Pastor Clint Theline said. Theline says voting Obama for president brings abomination to America, like more support for abortion, homosexuality, and more secular conversation in schools.
"God never calls us to unite with the wicked, so this is what's happening in America," Theline said. "Are you saying Obama's wicked?" Reporter asks. "I'm saying that the left is," Theline said.
Another pastor in Kalispell says we should support the new president. "We have the responsibility to support those who are in authority, and to pray for those in authority," Coy Trammel said.
And others think the sign is a turn-off.
"I don't believe that what they did was a positive approach," Saul McLeod, a Kalispell resident, said.
They say "abomination" is too strong of a word, while others flat out call the pastor a racist who defies the Bible's message.
The pastor who put the sign up says he hopes people stop and think about what the word "abomination" means. He says the sign isn't supposed to be offensive.
Opinions aside, the church could find itself in trouble with the I.R.S. It's a tax exempt organization, and the Montana Department of Revenue says under that exemption, there are rules that say an exempt organization cannot engage in political campaigns or endorse candidates.