Texas Rainmaker
The Unholy Alliance
January 17th, 2006 6:12 am

Just a day after Democrats around the country marched into black churches for their mandatory election year pandering, a story comes out about a group asking to investigate two churches for allegedly supporting a political candidate.

Why these churches you ask? Why now, you wonder? The answer lies in the details of the story:

The 31 leaders from nine denominations signed a letter Sunday asking the IRS to determine if the churches should lose tax-exempt status because of their support for Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, one of three Republicans seeking the nomination.

Nope, can’t have churches having anything to do with Republicans. But you Democrats, come on in once every four years and pander your little hearts out.

“You have a number of churches and charities involved with a number of road trips for Mr. Blackwell, all of which seem to be aimed at gaining him visibility for his political campaign,” said Marcus Owens, a Washington tax attorney and former director of the IRS’ tax-exempt division who helped draft the complaint.

It’s ironic that Mr. Owens is involved with drafting this complaint, considering his defense of one of his clients, All Saints Episcopal Church, who invited a guest preacher to give a sermon that was “critical of the Iraq war and Bush’s tax cuts” on the eve of the 2004 election. The church’s website even offered some political commentary on the California special elections last Fall:

Its Web site mentions the upcoming special election in California and says three Republican-backed propositions would “alter the very fabric of our lives as a democracy by limiting the right to representation and the right to express a political point of view.”

I guess it’s okay for the church to promote the opposition to Republican-backed propositions just as long as they don’t promote the propositions themselves… what, being Republican-backed and all.

Reverrend Johnson sums it up pretty well:

“It’s sad to see the religious left and the secular left forge an unholy alliance against people of faith,” Johnson said. “We have invited people to pray, to serve and to engage, and candidly, we will not be intimidated or bullied by these folks.”

Amen.
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