Preach politics Sunday is tomorrow, and last year Lifeway Research found that over half of all Americans believe churches that publicly endorse candidates for public office should lose their tax exemption.
What has changed?
Nothing. It’s a political stunt the Alliance Defense Fund is sponsoring again this year. Their goal is to provoke a court challenge of the applicable Internal Revenue Service code, which has been in place since 1954.
The issue is not whether pastors are free to preach politics from the pulpit. They are, although that preaching may jeopardize their church’s IRS 501(c)(3) status.
This year ADF says more than 80 pastors are involved, and if events follow the same course as last year, it will be all preaching and no court action.
The Pew Forum covered the issue nicely last year.
The anticipated Swedish television broadcast aired discussing who knew what, when, about SSPX Bishop Richard Williamson’s Holocaust denial.
Catholic Culture reports:
Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos has heatedly denied a report that he had been informed about the extreme views of Bishop Richard Williamson prior to the January 2009 announcement that the Pope was lifting the excommunications of Williamson and other bishops of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX).
In a Swedish television broadcast earlier this week, Bishop Anders Arborelius of Stockholm disclosed that he was aware of Bishop Williamson’s statements questioning the severity of the Holocaust, and had alerted Vatican officials to those statements. But Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos — who, as president of the Ecclesia Dei commission at that time, was primarily responsible for Vatican talks with the SSPX, told the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung that it was “calumny” to say that he had been informed of Williamson’s views.
Francesco Colafemmina writes that Cardinal Castrillon said that prior to the lifting of SSPX Bishop’s excommunication “none of us knew nothing about Bishop Williamson’s statements. None of us! And no one had the duty to know it!”
Thus ends the finger-pointing, for a while.
Send faxes and get a birthermercial bumper sticker for just $30 (Call now: Supplies are limited?). Let Bill Keller and Gary Kreep mislead you (Baptist Center for Ethics, PolitiFact 1 & 2, FactCheck 1 & 2,Wikipedia) with musically attended claims that this is a legitimate debate. Just watch the new ad full of dramatic rehashes of claims about where Obama was born. TPM reports that it’s running in seven Southern states.
The infomercial is hosted by Keller, a Liberty University educated fundamentalist minister who served “nearly three years in prison” for insider trading and whose LivePrayer.com produced the ad. Keller explains that LivePrayer.com was “founded for the sole purpose of having a site on the internet where people can go 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for prayer.” although the LivePrayer.com site has become complex and is decorated with, for example, a photoshopped image of Obama with Hitler. A copy of the birthermercial is also hosted there.
Keller interviews Kreep, who not only heads the birther organization U.S. Justice Foundation but also sponsors Defend Glenn (Beck), is attorney for Obama death pastor Wiley Drake and has been general counsel for the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.
Both are wonderfully certain of themselves. Although in a recent ruling on one of the court actions filed with regard to this matter. U.S. District Judge Clay Land said that, “Unlike in ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ simply saying something is so does not make it so.”
Below is the introduction to the 28-minute ad: