Do the ends justify the means?

February 26, 2012

They do if you are Pastor Patrick Payton.

Midland’s Stonegate Fellowship Pastor Patrick Payton — who heads the largest church in the area, with about 5,000 members – is the most vocal bond proponent.

His tactics have drawn fire…as they should.

Pastor Peyton was on CBS 7 News speaking at a recent school board meeting. He proposed a “controlled rebellion” and said “if it means breaking rules and getting in trouble, let’s break rules and get in trouble” to pass the bond initiative.

The comments were captured on video, on the evening news and now the center of focus for West Texas radio talk show host and citizen watchdog Jason Moore. He posted the video on his Facebook – http://www.cbs7.com/video/index.asp?vid=14703
A $158 bond initiative would more than double the $108 million current bond indebtedness in the District. With interest, the bond initiative under consideration would likely triple the debt. http://www.mywesttexas.com/opinion/article_ccb5a17c-5f2c-11e1-9e75-001871e3ce6c.html
The District is growing and the bond supporters claim the new initiative is necessary to cover those needs. The Permian Basin is in the middle of a boom…but I have been there when a boom turned to a bust.

The merits of the bond initiative aren’t what this post is about.

One could argue that debt – even for the kids – is ultimately harmful to those kids. The debt this generation is racking up — $16 trillion nationally by election date – and a surprising $322 billion in local debt in the Lone Star State – is irresponsible and immoral.

Saddling the next generation with this level of debt is abusive. It denies our kids and grandkids of the opportunity to realize the American dream. They will be too busy paying off our dreams.

That’s right, Pastor Peyton, many taxpayers would say the debt is immoral. But using tactics to support even more debt claiming “breaking the rules and getting in trouble” is okay with a pastor is what is really immoral.

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