But what actually happened was that as she entered the church she got a paper in her hand which asked her to vote for Bush.
Oh boy. Most of my family is the "evangelicals" people call Bush's base. And yes, the same thing happened at my aunt's church. She was disgusted, and really wanted to walk out during the "sermon."
By the way, she did not vote for Bush, and encouraged others not to. Keep in mind she is a born-again, Bible-believing Christian--no liberal! And no convert, either. My family has been evagelical since before the term existed!! But Bush frightens her. She sees gray areas where he sees black and white.
My mother's generation was born in rural Appalachia, dirt poor, no running water, education minimal, and everyone was born again before adulthood. Maybe because of that, being a fellow evangelical doesn't automatically make Bush "one of us, right or wrong" to her. She knows that her fellow evangelicals can be wrong, can do bad stuff, and can be out-and-out hucksters, so she can add that to the equation.
Politics and religion. If we start talking it on this board, we might end up like two hives combined too fast. :) So suffice to say that yes, I think it's wrong to bring politics into a church. And I think it's wrong to bring the church into politics. And there are evangelicals who agree with me.