Perhaps one of the most fascinating elements of the notion of “separation of church and state” is how strangely quiet lawmakers can be about it when the phantom clause seems to be benefiting their agenda.  One lawmaker in particular who seems to have carved out his own hobbyhorse at taxpayer expense is Republican and rank(ing) Senate Finance Committee member Charles Grassley.

Grassley has posed something of a subtle threat to the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.  According to article on Wednesday, Grassley has pretty much laid out an ultimatum for the ECAF to “work with representatives from the religious and broader nonprofitcommunity to investigate whether financial reform can be accomplished without legislation. As a result, ECFA President Dan Busby announced at a press conference Friday the creation of the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations.”

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