Why the Founding Fathers wanted to keep ministers from public office

Aug 20, 2016

By John Fea

There’s an old Baptist saying that goes something like this: “If you mix horse manure and ice cream it doesn’t do much to the manure, but it sure does ruin the ice cream.”

I thought about this saying when I heard that Donald Trump was speaking in Orlando, Fla., to 700 evangelical pastors associated with the American Renewal Project.

The American Renewal Project is founded and directed by David Lane, a conservative Christian political activist and former Jerry Falwell Sr. operative who is trying to get 1,000 pastors to run for political office between 2016-2018.


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5 comments on “Why the Founding Fathers wanted to keep ministers from public office

  • The ice cream is whatever you think is good. The manure is whatever you think is “not so good”. It depends on your point of view, so you get to decide which “contingent” is which. Point being: we can’t make a “not so good” thing better by mixing it with a good thing; all we accomplish is ruining the good thing. Better to keep them separate.



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  • Wow, a strong indicator of desperate means by desperate people. Just stack the deck, play the numbers game, just like the Olympics. Never mind that they may not have any public service history, nor understand American democracy, nor have any expertise to offer their ‘constituents, nor grasp the fundamental difference between religion (guess work) and politics (greed & graft), nor accept that they would need to be accountable to everyone, not just those in their fan club. Not all pastors are free of criminal convictions for starters. Would being ‘born again’ exonerate them from their previous (illegal) sins? I would be out of my mind voting for someone out of their mind!



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  • alf1200 #3
    Aug 29, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    So we can mix a quart of trump with a drop of crap and still end up with crap?

    Of course we can!
    If you mix horse-shit, with dog-shit and bull-shit, in any proportions, it is still crap!



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