Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Can I go in part way?

I think inner city kids need to get out and see nature. There's nothing like sleeping under the stars, lighting fires, watching birds, canoeing, shooting, whatever. I think nature can be a very spiritual experience, and it makes sense that Christian evangelists would find that helpful in meditation.

What's objectionable is using taxpayer dollars to pay for people to
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that [Jesus] ha[s] commanded you. (Matt. 28:19-20)
It's one thing to let tax-exempt churches endorse candidates (I say let the ACLU be tax-exempt and let churches endorse candidates), it's another to use the People's money to pay churches. That's pretty much what not establishing religion is all about.

Apparently, Senator Sam Brownback missed that part of civics class. The Anti-Sam reports that Brownback earmarked $200,000 for Morningstar Ranch, a group which:
In response to Matthew 28: 18-20, … serves inner cities by providing camping opportunities for children and youth. The primary goals of the camps are relationship building, evangelism, spiritual growth, and wholesome fun. To share the Ranch’s heart for inner cities, its facilities are made available to all followers of Christ.
Groucho Marx liked to joke about asking the owner of a pool that was off-limits to Jews: "My son is half-Jewish, can he wade in up to his knees?" I guess I thought the days when the government paid for that sort of discrimination were over.