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Antiwar Sermon Brings IRS Warning; All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena risks losing its tax-exempt status because of a former rector's remarks in 2004.
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Disputes; Clergy; Sermons; Anti war organizations; Tax exempt organizations; Episcopal churches
Author: Patricia Ward Biederman and Jason Felch
Date: Nov 7, 2005
Start Page: A.1
Section: Main News; Part A; Metro Desk
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In his sermon, Regas, who from the pulpit opposed both the Vietnam War and 1991's Gulf War, imagined Jesus participating in a political debate with then-candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry. Regas said that "good people of profound faith" could vote for either man, and did not tell parishioners whom to support.

Regas' 2004 sermon imagined how [Jesus Christ] would admonish Bush and Kerry if he debated them. Regas never urged parishioners to vote for one candidate over the other, but he did say that he believes Jesus would oppose the war in Iraq, and that Jesus would be saddened by Bush's positions on the use and testing of nuclear weapons.

In the sermon, Regas said, "President Bush has led us into war with Iraq as a response to terrorism. Yet I believe Jesus would say to Bush and Kerry: 'War is itself the most extreme form of terrorism. President Bush, you have not made dramatically clear what have been the human consequences of the war in Iraq.' "

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