I learned of these things here and here.
You decide what to make of it all. I would like to see tax exemption law reformed to affect the cash cows these unusual ill-tempered people exploit.
The rhetoric is in parallel, whether it is conscious or coincidental parallism is for us to guess. Here
If the liberals win, then our foundation will no longer be based on the traditional Judeo-Christian morality. It will gradually but assuredly be based on an ever shifting, ever moving foundation. [...] Yes, if the liberals win you will lose some of your religious freedom and free speech rights. You will not be allowed to say certain things about a particular group. Homosexual marriage will be approved.
The Pulpit Initiative is a legal effort designed to protect the First Amendment rights of pastors in the pulpit. As part of the effort, pastors participating in Pulpit Freedom Sunday on Sunday, September 28, 2008, will deliver to their congregations sermons of their own that apply Scripture to the subject of candidates for government office. The sermons are intended to restore a pastor’s right to speak freely from his pulpit without fearing censorship or punishment by the government.
They are challenging the limits of their tax exemption, for short term gain.
The wish may be for a confrontation, with the accompanying publicity feeding their aims while the long term risk [loss of tax exemption] is something the GOP decision makers choose to put at risk.
It appears as if the wingnut fringe is being worked this way because the GOP party regulars, those truly having their hands on the reins of power, know McCain-Palin is a big-time loser and this is their reaching out to create an issue to energize the crazies to a frothing fearful November frenzy.
Getting out the vote.
Energizing their coalition.
Pretty, isn't it? Doesn't it earn them your respect?