Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips has a dream: “No more Methodist Church.”
A blog post on his Tea Party Nation page says that on Friday he walked by the United Methodist Building in Washington D.C., which had a sign that said, “Pass the DREAM Act.” Phillips wrote: ” I have a DREAM. That is, no more United Methodist Church.”
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Phillips explains that he was formerly a member of the church, but he left because it’s “the first Church of Karl Marx,” and “little more than the “religious” arm of socialism.”
“The Methodist church is pro-illegal immigration,” he continues. “They have been in the bag for socialist health care, going as far as sending out emails to their membership “debunking” the myths of Obamacare. Say, where are the liberal complaints on the separation of church and state?”
“In short, if you hate America, you have a great future in the Methodist church,” he says.
Phillips has recently argued that it’s a “wise idea” to only let property owners vote. He’s also defended an email he wrote calling for supporters to help “retire” Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) because “he is the only Muslim member of congress.”
Late Update: Bill Mefford, Director of Civil and Human Rights for the United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society, responded to Phillips’ remarks:
Our support of the DREAM Act is in alignment with the principles of support for immigration reform found in our resolutions passed by General Conference. More importantly, many United Methodists throughout the country are immigrants themselves or are in close, intimate relationships with immigrants through outreach and service. And from the position of these close relationships modeled to us first and foremost by Jesus whose birth we celebrate this week, we advocate for humane and workable solutions to a badly broken immigration system.