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MelissaB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-28-06 07:44 AM
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9. Clergy counter religious right with liberal voices
This is a great article about the Ohio Restoration Project, Patriot Pastors, and the liberal voices that are now countering them.


Last fall, alarmed by the political actions of the religious right, the Rev. Tim Ahrens, a United Church of Christ minister from Columbus, organized a meeting of about 50 similarly concerned clergy. In March, the interfaith group launched We Believe Ohio, whose name was suggested by Cantor Jack Chomsky of Congregation Tifereth Israel of Columbus.

Columbus clergy of We Believe have filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against two Columbus-area evangelical Christian leaders, the Rev. Rod Parsley of World Harvest Church and the Rev. Russell Johnson of Fairfield Christian Church. Johnson's Ohio Restoration Project has enrolled nearly 2,000 evangelical ministers to be "Patriot Pastors, exhorting congregants to vote for candidates with right-wing stands on social issues.

In their complaint, the Columbus clergy charged that Parsley and Johnson have violated IRS regulations, thereby jeopardizing their tax-exempt status, by promoting the candidacy of Ken Blackwell, secretary of state and Republican gubernatorial nominee, and other conservatives.

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