It’s pretty commonly known that voices from the Religious Right have a strong lobbying presence in Washington DC and in many state capitals. But there’s a small, growing group of voices from the Mainline denominations and the liberal churches too.
As people are pouring over the new proposed federal budget, they’re noticing a few unexpected items being included. One of those is a cap to write-offs for charitable donations for donors reporting income in excess of a quarter million dollars per year.
The Obama’s search for a new church home for their family has opened up a conversation in some quarters about the American phenomenon of “church shopping”. Every pastor and priest says they deplore it, but most of them do what they feel they need to do in response to it. It’s been a part of the American religious experience for generations.
We can attribute this to three components of Lincoln’s character that came into high relief during the blood and fire of the Civil War. First: his wit. Second: his patience. Third: his flexibility. Within the boundaries of his core principles, Lincoln had no trouble ceding points he regarded as secondary – and he regarded a very broad range of issues as “secondary”. He allowed no “litmus tests” to find their way into his small repertory of primary concerns and principles.