what is the ohio restoration project?

I was just catching up on the Daily Kos site and came across this quote from a letter to the editor, written by an Ohio pastor, that appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Here’s how it starts:

A member of my church gave to me a copy of the Ohio Restoration Project. This project is led by so-called Christians who have a plan for Ohio. The project will target 2,000 pastors throughout the state to become “patriot pastors.” These patriot pastors will be briefed on a specific political agenda and asked to submit names of their parishioners in order to increase a database to 300,000 names. These pastors will be asked to place voter guides in their church pews.

Ken Blackwell, Ohio’s secretary of state and a governor hopeful, is named throughout the document. Blackwell will be featured on 30-second radio ads promoting this group’s agenda and supporting the “Ohio for Jesus” rally set for the spring of 2006. At the end of the document are the words, “America has a mission to share a living savior with a dying world.”

I just did a little quick searching and here’s a link to the website for the Ohio Restoration Project. And, here’s how the letter to the editor ends:

This is not America’s mission. This is frightening, diabolical stuff for non-Christians and Christians alike. It is blasphemous to claim that any earthly kingdom is God’s kingdom. The theological foundations of this movement are vacuous. They are set on the sands of opportunism, self-righteousness and greed.

It is time for the citizens of Ohio to wake up. This group and those like it will stop at nothing in making America a theocracy shaped by one very limited interpretation of scripture.

The media must investigate and show this movement for what it is. Courageous preachers must help their congregations understand what is at stake. Silence is not an option.

Is there not even a threat anymore that a church could lose its tax-exempt status for doing something like this?

I just did a quick search and discovered that the Attorney General of Ohio has his hands full with a big, important case against the Craftmatic adjustable bed company… Maybe when he’s done with that, he’ll have a chance to look into the legality of this. Here, in case you want to drop him a line, is his contact information.

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  1. Posted June 6, 2005 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Minutemen???? (on their objectives page) insane, yet as brilliant as Rove has been with word play.

  2. Tony Buttons
    Posted June 6, 2005 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    What good is a democracy if you don’t have a comfortable, adjustable bed from which to enjoy it?

    I applaud his priorities and think they are completely in line with those of his fellow Ohioans.

  3. Teddy Glass
    Posted June 6, 2005 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Petro also has his hands full with a scandal right now.


  4. chris
    Posted June 7, 2005 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Mark, whatever happened to the Democrats who were thrown out of their church (NPR). It was, of course, below the Mason Dixon…but that line is creeping North. I know there was talk of revoking their tax exemption status, but did it eveer happen?

    BTW, anyone see assclown Newt Gingrich on The Daily Show last night? Man, Jon Stewart can think on his feet.

  5. Ken
    Posted June 7, 2005 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Assclown…I thought only Michael Bolton was an assclown.

    That baptist minister ended up resigning from his church about a week after the media started crawling up his butt.

  6. chris
    Posted June 8, 2005 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Amen brother. Were the heathen welcomed back into the fold. No, I mean did the sinners see the error of their ways and beg those driven out for forgiveness?

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