Monday, January 28, 2008

you learn something new everyday

Today on NPR, Terri Gross and Fresh Air.

With her guest, Randall Balmer, touting his new book, God in the White House.

I always believed (like I'm sure most people had) that the conservative, rabid Evangelical Right had congealed as a political entity under the unifying banner of Pro-Life, post Roe v. Wade era.

But according to this guy, this frightening mass came into being over disputes regarding segregation and taxes -- in the 70's , the IRS said no tax-exempt status for organizations that discriminated individuals based on race or creed (think Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C.).

Translation: the IRS said no money back because they weren't being charitable.

Huh! Go figure, a powerful religious movement born out of greed and bigotry.

Why doesn't that surprise me, but continue to disturb me.

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