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MI Senate candidate calls for political endorsements from the pulpit

Keith Butler represents religious black voters that are slipping away to the GOP; is Stabenow vulnerable?

Black homo-bigot pastor Keith Butler, who’s also a challenger for the MI Senate seat held by Debbie Stabanow, is not surprisingly, backing the bill sponsored by one of NC’s wingnut Reps, Walter Jones, Jr. The Houses of Worship Freedom of Speech Restoration Act would allow preachers to make political endorsements without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status. (AgapePress):

A black conservative pastor believes the least free place in America today is the church and the pulpit. He says that is one reason why he wants to be Michigan’s next U.S. senator. Keith Butler pastors the 21,000-member Word of Faith International Christian Center in Southfield, Michigan. The former Detroit City Council member says incumbent Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow opposes legislation that would reverse a 1954 law prohibiting places of worship from engaging in the political process. Butler says churches should have the same rights as any union hall or non-profit group. “I certainly support … giving churches their legal First Amendment rights,” the pastor says. “Union halls should not be able to say you can vote for so and so if they choose, [while] churches can’t.”

The potential Republican candidate wants to repeal the 50-year-old law that prohibits churches from being politically involved. “I believe that the least free place in America is the church and its pulpit. That has not always been the case,” he explains. “That became the case only in 1954 when Lyndon Baines Johnson attached an appropriations rider to an IRS bill, making it illegal for churches to be politically involved. That’s wrong, and it should be reversed.”

Walter B. Jones takes a bat to the wall between church and state.

Republican Congressman Walter Jones of North Carolina has introduced the Houses of Worship Freedom of Speech Restoration Act, which has been endorsed on the Senate side by Sam Brownback of Kansas and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

Butler’s also infamous for these homo-idiotic quote: “Homosexuality is a lifestyle that is neither normal nor natural. It is a decision, a choice…This course is outright recruitment of young people into this decadent lifestyle. Common sense tells us that if this lifestyle were to become the dominant choice of our culture, our culture would soon be extinct.”

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