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Nov. 8th, 2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
Hmmm maybe we should take away churches tax-exempt status ;)
Nov. 8th, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC)
As noted, not an uncommon sentiment.
Nov. 8th, 2005 12:06 pm (UTC)
Christianity will be back in the catacombs soon!
Nov. 8th, 2005 12:18 pm (UTC)
maybe but
possibly but my guess as I remark to our host
is that it will be some local official of the IRS
who will be reprimanded or out of work and
we will never hear of it...knew Fr Regas many
years ago,as to that, he used to be a religious man.
Nov. 8th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
he was a boy from Tennessee actually and Greek
Annie , you might be interested in this ...
I remember George Regas as Episcopal priest in
Nyack when I was a college student, and I visited
his church some times... talked with him. He was
of Greek background from Tennessee, nice man, went
on to California...I am rummaging through memory but
I think it is in later years that he became politically
driven...He was a religious man, perhaps still is
in some way. at one point was up for election as
bishop in California and fell short I remmeber
reading. Anyway I liked him when he was a young
man and I much younger of course...now he must be not
young at all since I am not ...
life moves on...dont know what part of tennessee he was
from or if family known in Memphis.
Nov. 8th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
Re: he was a boy from Tennessee actually and Greek
I'll ask my cousin in law. If he's Greek and from
Tennessee, well, he'll be known here.
Nov. 8th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)
perhaps here is a clue
but it could be a different branch at least
of family. I think his parents also had become
Episcopal as many Greeks follow or followed the
pattern of "the kingdom of God in america"
by niebuhr of moving upscale in churches as
they became affluent.
Nov. 8th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
Re: perhaps here is a clue
The Knoxville-Kingsport area is familiar
as an aunt lived in Knoxville and a cousin
practices medicine there. Our LJ Jackie
probably knows the name as she's an
Episcopalian living in that area. Also,
a friend who works at the Episcopal Diocese
here knows the name well.

A dear friend of mine had R. Niehbur as a
prof. in divinity school. Upward mobility,
huh? So, how many generations d'ya' think
it'll be before my folks go Anglican?
Nov. 8th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC)
well Im not sure that the richard neibuhr
thesis still works quite in that way, but
you know is was that the Holiness churches
got a little money selling corn in jars
and became babtist(uh Im tarting it up a bit)
and on up to Methodist Presbyterian and Episcopal
with in some measure the Catholic being as it
would wish to be outside of that structure

not sure it still works. is Episcopal still
the high class? seems like it is declining
and declining in members but may be somewhat
but also not sure the process is working...

my descendants will not exist so thats the
end of that, the Sigrists arent going any
further up the social ladder than what I
do so tant pis as the french say.
Nov. 8th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
Re: perhaps here is a clue
Anonymous was me not logged in Shucks!
Nov. 8th, 2005 12:09 pm (UTC)
this will bring a reaction of one sort from the left
and from the survivalist right ...
but my guess is that it is some screw up by an overzealous
local official who possibly is a member of Fr Regas' church
or was simply incited by some members ...
what we are unlikely to see is the 'rest of the story' when
the guy is reprimanded or dismissed.

and of course as noted it is as common for conservative ministers
to tell people what they think...

I actually knew fr Regas when he was in new york and I was a
college student, at that time he was religious and not as
obssessed with politics as he seems to have become over the
Nov. 8th, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC)
That's horrible. The IRS is being retarded.
Nov. 8th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC)
This is a non-partisan problem. I don't like when my (politically) ignorant pastor even hints at political conviction. I figure that if he teaches me the Kingdom of God I will come up with some idea of how to vote....which I am going to do in a few minutes! Must vote against Arnold.
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