PULPIT bully Rev Steve Youngblood, butterball preacher at the Burlington, Ohio, City Church, doesn’t like rebellious women, and likes husbands who “fail to correct them” even less.
This turkey’s feathers were ruffled when a female member of the congregation castigated a fellow preacher for distributing political pamphlets at a church service. The pamplets called for the removal of a Supreme Court judge, David Wiggins, for voting to legalise same-sex marriage.
According to this report, the woman who attended the City Church service told a pastor she believed it was illegal for a church to display material that promotes specific political action. That pastor insisted it wasn’t illegal, and in in a later sermon Youngblood criticised her for raising objections to the pamphlets.
Youngblood then said he’d “like to slap her” and that her husband should rise up and “correct her”.
What makes me madder is that this person’s husband won’t correct them. I don’t like rebellious women. I don’t like rebellious men, either. They’re even worse.
Under a 1954 federal law, it is illegal for tax-exempt organizations, including churches, to promote political candidates or ballot issues. Those who violate the law can lose their tax-exempt status, which allows tax deductions on money given to a church and allows a church to avoid paying property taxes.
Writing in the Ohio State Daily yesterday, Jonathan Upchurch, a senior in political science, pointed out:
Article I, Section 6 of the Iowa Constitution says: ‘All laws of a general nature shall have a uniform operation; the general assembly shall not grant to any citizen, or class of citizens, privileges or immunities, which, upon the same terms shall not equally belong to all citizens’.
On that basis, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled unanimously a law banning gay marriage is unconstitutional. And since 2010, the far right has poured money into a witch hunt against the justices who were doing their job. This time around, Justice David Wiggins is the focus of these misguided efforts.