Even though we already know where most churches in Oklahoma stand on the political spectrum, they usually don’t get too involved in politics thanks to the Johnson Amendment. It’s a stiff tax law that bans tax-exempt organizations from supporting political candidates – an honor and privilege our government sets aside for lobbyists, trade associations, dark money groups and for-profit corporations.
Despite the Johnson Amendment, you still can’t escape Oklahoma churches on election day. I’d say 80% – 90% of Oklahoma polling precincts are located in churches, and unless your name is Kevin Stitt, you’ve probably stepped inside a neighborhood church at least once to vote in an election. It’s one of the great ironies of our time. We all value and support the separation between church and state, yet we visit a church to vote for who leads our state. Go figure.
Anyway, some Oklahoma churches are starting to test the Johnson Amendment waters. Check out this sign that appeared on the marquee at Brookside Church in Tulsa:
Always nice to see a church staying out of politics… https://t.co/22ADIiijLc
— The Lost Ogle (@TheLostOgle) August 28, 2018
I’m not a big fan of apocalyptic fiction, so I’ve admittedly never read the Bible from beginning to end. I’m familiar with the general storyline and key plot points, but that’s about it. As a result, I had no clue that the language was actually a verse from the Bible. I believe it’s found in Conservatus 12:18, a controversial book that blames droughts and floods on public healthcare and corporate taxation.
Once the media picked up on it, the church quickly removed the sign and switched it with some other bible verse that doesn’t cleverly refer to people who follow a liberal ideology as fools. Fortunately, GloryLand Baptist Church in Broken Arrow was there to pick up the slack:
Never fear, Broken Arrow is here to out-racist Midtown Tulsa, if you please pic.twitter.com/Bh057ly9U5
— Danielle L (@daniellelisle_) August 28, 2018
Heaven has strict immigration policies? Uhm, don’t you just have to love God or whatever and they just let you in? Seems pretty easy.
Anyway, I have no clue if BigotLand Baptist Church has changed their sign. If so, I hope they go the route of First Baptist Church of Crescent. They produce the best church signs in the business: