Saturday, June 21, 2008

Caution - separation anxiety ahead

Well, the news is finally out. According to the Jewish Daily, the Alliance Defense Fund has recruited 50 pastors to deliver sermons in September that will include direct endorsements of political candidates.

Pastor Gus Booth of Warroad, (Pastor Booth was our guest on a trip to David Barton’s Congressional Pastor’s Briefing last fall.) was the first shot across the bow.

Caution – separation anxiety ahead.

This bold move is sure to cause a severe case of separation anxiety for the IRS, the First Amendment and revisionist history. But let’s start with a short history lesson.

I want to encourage everyone that has a dog in this hunt to educate themselves regarding the origins of the IRS code. It's an historical fact that it was legal for pastors to endorse candidates and preach on the political issues of the day until then Senator Lyndon Johnson inserted language into the IRS code that prohibited non-profits, including churches, from endorsing or opposing candidates for political office.

“The history of Johnson’s IRS gag order is instructive,” writes Kasey Kelly. "It began with what some historians believe to be a fraudulent election of Johnson to the Senate in 1948. It has been maintained by both conservative and liberal historians that Lyndon Johnson’s election to the Senate in 1948 was won by massive voter fraud. Known as “Landslide Lyndon,” this aspiring politician was “elected” by only 87 votes. His challenger, Coke Stevenson, challenged his election and presented credible evidence that hundreds of votes for Johnson had been faked. Johnson, however, was successful in blocking Stevenson’s effort by the clever use of “cooperative” court injunctions.”

Mean-spirited gag-order

“In 1954, Johnson was facing re-election to the Senate and was being aggressively opposed by two non-profit anti-Communist groups that were attacking Johnson’s liberal agenda. In effect, Senator Johnson used the power of the go-along Congress and the IRS to silence his opposition. Unfortunately, it worked. Some in Johnson’s staff claimed that Johnson never intended to go after churches, only the two “nonprofits” in Texas. Nevertheless, his sly amendment to the tax code affected every church in America, and it is a violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.”

Although the law has been tested, recent decisions have actually strengthened it by prohibiting political campaign activity by charities and churches by defining a 501(c)(3) organization as one "which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office."


Troy said...

Tax 'em.

That was easy.

Churches are becoming PACs...

just what jesus would do, huh?

Anonymous said...

yes, I am sure jesus would want the churches to become pacs!

The christ followers, have so little to do with christ, but hold onto old testiments and only tiny parts of it to promote their hate.

They do not follow the new testiment, only in materialistic rituals like Christmas, which has nothing to do with the birth of Christ. Easter the holiest of days, is again a moment of materialistic madness, not a day to reflect.

The new testiment was to go forward, to erase the past and start fresh. To love each other, never to judge for we as Humans are not to judge.

but you stand in judgement 24/7 picking and making the choice to pick out tiny parts of the old testiment to back your special interest group agenda.

Anonymous said...

Tax'em. Okay, as long as it applies to the liberal churches that promote candidates (i.e. Michael Phleger in Chicago). Or is that okay to you?

Anonymous said...

Come on, you must know by now that Liberals have no issues with paying taxes! so don't try that one lol.

I love how there are posters after posters who try and ask the questions of how the radical christains, like the ones that formed this site pick and choose what parts of the bible to call themselves christains.

I agree with the poster who just gave examples of what parts of the new testiment a christain seems to follow here.

I can take it a step further. Not only do they only celebrate the materialist like holidays, but those holidays were formed by men, not the new testiment, to replace the pagan festivals. So not only do they have nothing to do with Christ but they have a direct anti Christ feel.

Please is anyone Brave enough to explain this? why you pick and choose only the little parts of the bible, that doesn't even have anything to do with Christ? To explain your hate?

Anonymous said...

Stop asking, no one is brave enough, or smart enough to answer you. They hide behind their veils of what God wants them to do. Its their excuse for the sins they have made.

Fear promotes this for them, and is what keeps them going.

They will never be able to answer you, because if they did, then they would have to wake up to the idea that what they have based their lies and lives on is more sinister than anything they have made choices in to Judge!