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Thursday, February 28, 2008

IRS Investigates Church Over Obama's Speech

According to this letter, the IRS has opened an investigation to determine whether the United Church of Christ has engaged in prohibited political activity in support of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama:

Our concerns are based on articles posted on several websites incuding the curch's which state that [Obama] addressed nearly 10,000 church members at the United Church of Christ's biennial General Synod at the Hartford Civic Center, on June 23, 2007.  In addition, 40 Obama volunteers staffed campaign tables outside the church to promote his campaign.

The United Church of Christ's response is here.  See the video and text of the disputed speech.

Obama is a member of the Trinity United Chuch of Christ in Chicago.  Press and blogosphere coverage:

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Our pastor atttended the conference in Hartford. He noted that in addition to Sen. Obama, speakers included Lynne Redgrave and Bill Moyers. He noted the Senator’s remarks did not concern politics.

He did state there were some campaign tables but they were well outside the conference facilities and were on public sidewalks.

This would all seem to be well outside the IRS scrutiny.

As tax time does draw near for many Americans, these controversies are also reminiscent of Christ's Tax Return itself as noted by that First Century CPA Saint Matthew, in The Gospel According to Saint Matthew 17:24-27 .

'... "What do you think, Simon?" he asked. "From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes - ”from their own sons or from others?"

"From others," Peter answered.'

Peter and Jesus had to go fishing for their tax money.

Maybe this time it is the IRS which has nothing to do but fish.

:-)

Posted by: Robert Campbell | Mar 5, 2008 9:29:28 PM