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Fred Thompson called out on his profession of faith Evangelical prof: not active in church
worldnetdaily.com ^ | Posted: June 10, 2007

Posted on 06/21/2007 6:57:50 AM PDT by DBCJR

Doubts continue to swirl over Fred Thompson's faith ... Thompson shot back that he's not only a Christian, but a member of the fundamentalist Churches of Christ.

...Professor Mark Elrod of Harding University said he doubts Thompson is "filling out an attendance card at a Church of Christ on Sundays." ...he hasn't been able to find any information regarding the former senator's actual membership... "In our tradition," Elrod said, "that's called 'being out of fellowship' or a 'lapsed member.'"

... WND has learned Thompson was baptized into Christ in the early 1950s at the First Street Church of Christ in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

His mother, Ruth Thompson, regularly attends the Brentwood Church of Christ near Nashville... Fred Thompson is known to worship there when he visits his mother.

In 1997, Thompson spoke at a fund-raising event at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn. – another college affiliated with the Churches of Christ – where he was presented with a Bible. He and his parents have set up academic scholarships in their names there.

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According to a spokesman for Focus on the Family, Dobson had not not meant to disparage Thompson and was simply "attempting to highlight that to the best of his knowledge, Sen. Thompson hadn't clearly communicated his religious faith, and many evangelical Christians might find this a barrier to supporting him."

Dobson told reporter Dan Gilgoff he had never met Thompson ...

Thompson and his first wife, Sara Lindsey, divorced in 1985. The Church of Christ frowns on divorce, and believes only "fornication," or sexual infidelity, can be grounds for divorce and remarriage.

In 2002, Thompson and second wife, Jeri Kehn, were married in the liberal United Church of Christ, not the ultra-conservative Churches of Christ to which Thompson claims to belong.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
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Well, it seems that Osama Obama and Fred are "brethren" in the same UCC, at least Fred was married there, most likely because his conservative church would not marry him after his divorce.

I am not sure what the big deal is, though, even if Fred is a non-practicing Church of Christ memember, which evidence in this article seems to say otherwise. Bill Clinton was a non-parcticing Southern Baptist, practicing adultery instead. Not too sure of what Hillary, Giuliani, and McCain practice. Mitt Romney is practicing, but not Christianity. Obama is a non-practicing Black-separatist "Christian" (UCC) AND a non-practicing Muslim. Does anyone know what the Breck Girl practices or doesn't practice???

Bush practices his Christian faith and so does Carter. Some have doubts about them. I say let's vote on their voting records and proven stances on issues.

1 posted on 06/21/2007 6:57:55 AM PDT by DBCJR
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To: DBCJR
This is nothing more than the Left trying to say to Evangelicals, "See, Fred isn't a bible-thumper like you!" in hopes that we will not support him.

The only thing this accomplishes is to once again demonstrate that the secular Left in this country have absolutely no understanding of the Evangelical Right.

2 posted on 06/21/2007 7:01:05 AM PDT by Pete ("Sucks to be you. Shouldn't have been a terrorist, Dawg.")
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To: DBCJR
"Not too sure of what Hillary, Giuliani, and McCain practice."

I believe Rudy is a Catholic, not sure about the others.

3 posted on 06/21/2007 7:01:33 AM PDT by Enosh ()
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To: DBCJR

The Brentwood church is a group of Christians who are striving together to serve Jesus Christ. We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, providing us with everything we need to know about life in God’s kingdom. The Christians at Brentwood regularly study together, pray together, and encourage one another in our walk with the Lord. We would be delighted to have you join us in these endeavors.

This is the statement on their web page, hardly what Barry’s church practices.


4 posted on 06/21/2007 7:02:17 AM PDT by svcw (There is no plan B.)
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To: DBCJR
I say let's vote on their voting records and proven stances on issues.

One of the first sane comments I have seen on the subject for a while. Politics and religion should not be mixed IMHO, a religious faith may give an indication of the candidate's character and how they may lean on certain issues but religion should not have any basis upon how people vote.

5 posted on 06/21/2007 7:03:56 AM PDT by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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..."filling out an attendance card at a Church of Christ on Sundays."

Does anyone here want their faith questioned because they don't fill out an attendance card or otherwise attend services regularly? I quit attending and contributing because of the abuse of the political system by most major church organizations. There might will be a larger number of truly faithful people not attending church than there are in regular services.

6 posted on 06/21/2007 7:04:01 AM PDT by FreePaul
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Harding University: The home of the Wilbur Mills Education Service Co-Op. No kidding. The liberal arts school is located in Searcy, Arkansas.

Seems like the liberals are scared to death of Fred.

What a pity.


7 posted on 06/21/2007 7:04:14 AM PDT by RexBeach (Americans never quit. -Douglas MacArthur)
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8 posted on 06/21/2007 7:04:15 AM PDT by Politicalmom ("Mom, I'll be old enough to vote for Fred when he runs for his second term." -My Son. (I'm proud))
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To: DBCJR
SO WHO CARES !!!

Relationship with God is a personal thing. I don’t attend much church and I can 100% attribute that to the fact that my father is a Baptist Minister.

I saw the poster on hypocrisy, both in him and in the fine leaders of the churches he pastored.

Doesn’t mean I don’t love God. Doesn’t mean that I don’t love my country. Doesn’t mean I’m not conservative.

9 posted on 06/21/2007 7:04:22 AM PDT by TaxxMann (Can't put a dollar sign on citizenship - oh wait, they just did !)
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I’m not a big Mitt Romney fan, but to say Mormons are not christians is, in my opinion, wrong. The name of the demonination is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This is from Wikipaedia:

Adherents to the church (usually called Mormons, Latter-day Saints or LDS) believe that Jesus Christ leads the church by revelation given to the President of the Church, whom they consider to be a prophet. They consider themselves to be Christians, but do not consider themselves part of the Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant traditions.


10 posted on 06/21/2007 7:05:35 AM PDT by NoBullZone
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I believe Rudy is a Catholic,

CINO. I think the church has made mention of some of his anti-Catholic positions.

11 posted on 06/21/2007 7:05:41 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: Pete
This is nothing more than the Left trying to say to Evangelicals, "See, Fred isn't a bible-thumper like you!" in hopes that we will not support him.

The only thing this accomplishes is to once again demonstrate that the secular Left in this country have absolutely no understanding of the Evangelical Right.

Aided and abetted by clowns like Dobson, who will eagerly carry the Left's water if he thinks it will gain him the slightest financial or political advantage.

He ought to be ashamed.

I couldn't care less about how, when and how often Fred worships. I vote for the man, not his family background, ethnicity or faith.

If he's a good man, a trustworthy man who will uphold his oath to defend the Constitution, he could go to church every Sunday or not at all for all I care.

12 posted on 06/21/2007 7:06:37 AM PDT by highball ("I never should have switched from scotch to martinis." -- the last words of Humphrey Bogart)
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To: Enosh
Clinton is a United Methodist.

Rudy Giuliani is an excommunicated former Catholic who still shows up at Masses from time to time to be photographed.

John McCain is an Episcopalian.

13 posted on 06/21/2007 7:06:52 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: DBCJR

You know, all these little hit-piece non-stories make me think Fred has got some people scared. I’m starting to like the guy.


14 posted on 06/21/2007 7:07:01 AM PDT by bobsatwork
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To: showme_the_Glory
"his anti-Catholic positions."

Yeah, like baby killing. That tends to raise eyebrows.

15 posted on 06/21/2007 7:07:22 AM PDT by Enosh ()
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To: showme_the_Glory

My own Catholicism is long since lapsed, and I don’t even consider myself a believer anymore, and I could still be a better “Catholic” than Rudy.


16 posted on 06/21/2007 7:07:34 AM PDT by darkangel82 (Socialism is NOT an American value.)
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To: snugs
but religion should not have any basis upon how people vote.

That decision is not yours to make. A registered voter can vote or not vote for any candidate they please, for whatever reason. Elected office is not one of the EEOC jobs.

That said, I think Thompson is still our best choice.
17 posted on 06/21/2007 7:08:27 AM PDT by JamesP81 (Romans 10:9)
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I believe that Bubba “practiced” his Southern Baptism while he was Arkansas governor. He discovered that the Little Rock services were televised and so he became a visible member of the choir.


18 posted on 06/21/2007 7:08:39 AM PDT by Malesherbes
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To: Enosh
I believe Rudy is a Catholic, not sure about the others.

Tom Tancredo was raised as a Catholic but now attends an Evangelical Presbyterian church.

I haven't been to church in more than a year because I work Sundays, but that doesn't mean I'm not a Christian. While I'm not necessarily opposed to Fred Thompson, I am not now a supporter of him. Nevertheless, a lack of attendance doesn't mean he's not a Christian, and it ticks me off that someone is suggesting that.

His faith, or lack of it, is between him and God.

19 posted on 06/21/2007 7:08:49 AM PDT by SittinYonder (Ic t gehate, t ic heonon nelle fleon fotes trym, ac wille furor gan)
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My sister-in-law used to be Church Of Christ before she converted to Catholicism.

It is a very conservative and fundamental denomination (they claim not to be a denomination at all) in general.

The UCC is radically different from the COC.

Barack Obama's church is a UCC church.

20 posted on 06/21/2007 7:09:22 AM PDT by wideawake
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