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Holder to brief black pastors on campaign 2012

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Attorney General Eric Holder, the IRS, and the liberal lawyers at the ACLU will brief several hundred pastors in the African American community on how to participate in the presidential election -- which the Congressional Black Caucus chair expects will help President Obama's campaign.

"We will have representatives from nine denominations who actually pastor somewhere in the neighborhood of about 10 million people, and we're going to first of all equip them with the information they need to know about what they can say and what they cannot say in the church that would violate their 501c3 status with the IRS," Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., told MSNBC today.

"In fact, we're going to have the IRS administrator there, we're going to have the Attorney General Eric Holder there, we're going to have the lawyers' organization from around the country, the ACLU -- all giving ministers guidance about what they can and cannot do," he noted.

Cleaver said they would not tell pastors which candidate to support. They will let them know who to regard as the bad guys, though (hint: not Democrats). "We're going to talk about some of the draconian laws that have cropped up around the country as a result of the 17 percent increase in African American votes," Cleaver said, describing voter ID laws as a form of Jim Crow-style "poll tax" on seniors and black voters.

The CBC chairman is confident that "President Obama is going to get 95 percent of the [African American] vote," and wants to keep that turnout high. "We want to let them know that there is a theological responsibility to participate in the political process, at least in the Judeo-Christian tradition," he said.


by on May. 30, 2012 at 6:34 AM
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by Platinum Member on Jun. 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Quoting candlegal:

Accountability is for everyone.  But to go so far as to turn them I said, we all have to do what we all have to do.

We actually had people walk-out last year b/c someone from the church gave a rant about "liberals" and "Muslims" during the announcement portion of church, it was offensive and had nothing to do with Jesus. There are people in the Church that were spreading the "Obama is the anti-Christ" and seriously teaching that from the pulpit **smh** .....years ago DH attended a different church (all my references are Presbyterian) where the pastor called for the death of Saddam Hussein from the pulpit. 

Personally, I go to church to learn about Jesus not the political persuasion of the pastor. It doesn't belong in the pulpit. The pastor and parishioners are free to vote or campaign as individuals however they please but keep it out of the sanctuary. That is sacred space to celebrate our Salvation and to learn about the blood & body of Christ. If you read Scripture Jesus didn't run for office in the Roman government, he didn't try to change their government, "give to Cesar what is Cesar's and give to God what is God's" from my view it is near blasphemy to preach politics from the pulpit. Social issues/social justice issues are fine but the liberal v. conservative v. this candidate or that ...does not belong. 

by Member on Jun. 2, 2012 at 10:54 AM
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the best thing for Eric Holder to do right get his ass somewhere an shut the hell up...........he's already in deep shit for Lying to Congress!!!!!!!!

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