Tuesday, November 08, 2005

irs selectively prosecuting/persecuting a church?

The IRS has warned a liberal Pasadena church it could lose its tax-free status because of an anti-war sermon a guest preacher gave before the election last year.

Oh, that's very good, IRS. How many ministers, preachers, and priests were out there last year urging its members to vote for Bush because he and the GOP are (allegedly) the moral choice? The GOP was even recruiting preachers at black churches to make the case for Bush. Hell, there were even Catholic bishops instructing priests not to administer Communion to John Kerry because he supported abortion, and publicly calling for his excommunication -- something that NEVER came up before Kerry became the Democratic nominee, so don't tell me this wasn't "political."

And the IRS, with its keen ability to find a needle in the haystack, finds a LIBERAL church for possible prosecution? Heck, the guest preacher didn't even urge the parishioners to vote for Kerry or anybody else -- he just criticized the war in Iraq and Bush' tax cuts for the rich. In other words, he preached what Christ would preach, against violence and warfare, and in favor of helping the poor rather than supporting the moneychangers and plutocrats.

I'd be interested to see whether any other churches are under investigation for this mixing of politics and preaching, and if any of them might have supported the junta in the last election.

Now the de facto Administration is using the IRS to punish anti-Administration churches. Another step down the road to becoming a full-fledged banana republic.

Isn't that special.

2 Comments:

Blogger Constellations said...

Yeah, except I think Jesus just MIGHT be in favor of us overthrowing a regime that was killing thousands of its own people and burying them in mass graves. And I am guessing you believe they had no WMD's? Tell me, all those Kurds just fell over dead of their own accord in unison?
However, I agree that the IRS was wrong in stepping in with whatever nonsense the preacher was saying.

9:12 PM  
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