Guarding the State in the Church
The person who brought my attention to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s scheduled appearance at Central Congregational Church, in Providence, this Sunday, suggested that the politician is likely to face a very friendly audience as he gives his national healthcare pitch. It’s all too obvious to wonder what might be the reaction were a right-of-center politician giving a political presentation at a more conservative church, but it’s curious the effect that the event’s being held by a religious organization can have on political opponents.
My own religious observation would cause me to miss this particular gathering, anyway, but I have to admit a reluctance to crash an event on somebody else’s holy ground, as it were. Even with explicit permission from the church’s leaders, there would feel something surreptitious about attending as political opposition.
Others with challenging questions for the senator might not share my inhibitions.