Monday, March 10, 2008

Bluegrass Embarrassment: The Rev. Albert Pennybacker

Today we unveil the first honoree in our new series, Bluegrass Embarrassments, which will highlight those who bring disrepute upon the Bluegrass State through their public statements or deeds. Our first choice is "The Rev." Albert Pennybacker, who has become notorious for apparently believing that the concept of "separation of church and state" is a requirement of the First Amendment.

We've read the First Amendment hundreds of times, and we've never found a requirement that there be a separation of church and state. We see a prohibition against choosing an official state religion and a directive against outlawing any particular religions, but we don't see anything that prohibits any interaction between government and spiritual interests.

Pennybacker, a Lexington resident, interprets things differently. You'll see him listed as an officer or member of various organizations, but his message is always the same when he appears on national television. He doesn't think there should be any connection whatsoever between government interests and churches. He was a prime go-to guy in the wake of last week's Kentucky court decision in Franklin County concerning the funding of a pharmacy school for the University of the Cumberlands, formerly known as Cumberland College.

Pennybacker misinterprets the Constitution and embarrasses the Commonwealth every time he goes on television to assert his misguided philosophy. He is truly a Bluegrass Embarrassment. Pennybacker professes to be a man of God. He should spend more time saving souls and less time spreading misinformation about our country's supreme law.

3 Comments:

At 9:23 PM, March 10, 2008, Blogger MUCKRAKER said...

YOU GOT THAT RIGHT. I'VE SLAMMED PENNYBACKER MYSELF...QUITE A FEW TIMES. HE'S THE GUY WHO STARTED THE CLERGY NETWORK IN 2004 (PARTLY FUNDED BY GEORGE SOROS) WITH THE ANNOUNCED INTENTION OF DEFEATING GEORGE BUSH. IT WAS MADE UP OF MEN OF THE CLOTH WHO THEN COULD CLAIM THAT THE CN WAS A 527 ORGNIZATION (PAC), BUT THEY COULDN'T FOOL ANYONE ABOUT THEIR PARTICIPATION'S REAL MEANING.

 
At 12:24 AM, April 11, 2008, Blogger You_really_must_be_kidding said...

Even if you can't properly interpret the legal meaning of "no law respecting an establishment of religion" you can read the plain explanation in English of the person who inspired the First Amendment, Thomas Jefferson, defined what was meant in a letter to the Danbury Baptists: "thus building a wall of separation between Church & State". And, you being from Kentucky, if you want to see an even more obvious "wall" check out the Kentucky Constitution on Religion and the Commonwealth. Your whole blog, but particularly on this obvious issue, illustrates the old saying: "None is so blind as he who will not see."

 
At 7:50 AM, April 11, 2008, Blogger Miracle Worker said...

Au contraire, mon frere. The Kentucky Pachyderm is the real embarrasment. Ypu should understand that if a religious organization wants to also be a political organization, it is ok, but it cannot also receive tax-free status. But more importantly, the United States have been protected from the Theocratic Rule that has stained so many countries because out government must not be allowed to be led by any one set of religious principles since then, it would not be a government of all the people. So while the first amendment does not specifically use the words, "separation of church and state," there must be that separation, else which religion would you ahve rule the country?

 

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