February 26, 2008
The Internal Revenue Service has notified the United Church of Christ's national offices in Cleveland, Ohio, that the IRS has opened an investigation into U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's address at the UCC's 2007 General Synod as the church engaging in "political activities."
In the IRS letter dated Feb. 20, the IRS said it was initiating a church tax inquiry "because reasonable belief exists that the United Church of Christ has engaged in political activities that could jeopardize its tax-exempt status."
The Rev. John H. Thomas, the UCC's general minister and president, called the investigation "disturbing" but said the investigation would reveal that the church did nothing improper or illegal.
Obama, an active member of the United Church of Christ for more than 20 years, addressed the UCC's 50th anniversary General Synod in Hartford, Conn., on June 23, 2007, as one of 60 diverse speakers representing the arts, media, academia, science, technology, business and government. Each was asked to reflect on the intersection of their faith and their respective vocations or fields of expertise. The invitation to Obama was extended a year before he became a Democratic presidential candidate.
"The United Church of Christ took great care to ensure that Senator Obama's appearance before the 50th anniversary General Synod met appropriate legal and moral standards," Thomas told United Church News. "We are confident that the IRS investigation will confirm that no laws were violated."@ UCofC News
One has to wonder if this is not a "Rovian" maneuver to begin with. When BO takes care to ensure that their are no conflicts with current law then gets slammed with this it is eerily similar to the DEA punishing doctors for prescribing medical marijuana. One also has to wonder where this issue from the IRS originated, the RNC is the likely culprit or even the WH could be involved, thats the beauty of being fascist, everything remains hidden and out of sight so as to not comprimise the integrity of the facsist right.
Now more than ever we need to throw open the curtain and see who is really pulling the ropes and levers. My guess would be the BIG MONEY interests responsible for the current reign of terror right here in the good ole USA.
They hate to lose.