Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Local Tea Partier: 'No More Methodist Church'

Posted By on Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 5:38 AM

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Local DUI attorney and Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips has some pretty interesting ideas about religion. In a post yesterday on the blog Tennesseans Watching Federal and State Government, Phillips took aim at Methodists. Apparently he walked by the United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C., and didn't like what he saw: a sign that said, "Pass the DREAM Act."

The gall! That a church could get behind a measure creating a path to citizenship through college education or military service for undocumented immigrants who were brought here as little children is just ... it's just ... outrageous! Would Jesus countenance citizenship for people who know no other home than the United States?

Wait a minute. I knew I was forgetting something I learned in Sunday school: Jesus was an immigrant, too, taken to Egypt by Mary and Joseph. By Phillips' reckoning, the pharaohs should have deported their asses back to the West Bank (the actual site of Bethlehem). No amnesty for Christ!

Phillips, who recently argued that only property owners should be allowed to vote, goes on to say "socialist" and "socialism" a bunch of times, and that he left the Methodist church as a teenager because it was nothing more than the "Church of Karl Marx," and that "if you hate America, you have a great future in the Methodist church."

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