The Separation of Church and State must be good only for Republicans

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“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.

“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.

He also goes on to say that their is a theological measure to this, something that he, and other members of the Federal Government will speak about.

No. No. No. No.

Come on my fellow Democrats. Surely, if the GOP was doing this, you’d hear an outcry from us.

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5 Replies to “The Separation of Church and State must be good only for Republicans”

  1. If the Republicans were advising ministers on how to stay within the bounds of the law, we’d complain? I don’t think so.

    We complained when Republicans advised ministers to skirt the law. We complained when Republicans organized efforts that clearly invited ministers to step over the line and advise ministers to preach against voting Democrat. If the Republicans instead worked to inform ministers accurately, we’d applaud.

    Go, Rep. Cleaver!

    1. Wait… Ed, they are advising ministers how to skirt the law – how to go right up to the line but not cross over.

      Further, the Federal Government needs not inform ministers. SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.

  2. Not sure where you see anything about Cleaver and Holder advising ministers on how to skirt the law. Quite the contrary, they’re bringing in the IRS officials to tell the ministers where the boundaries are. This is a stark contrast to the Bush administration.

    What do you have on the program that you’ve not posted here?

    1. Ed, did you listen to what Cleaver actually said?

      I don’t care for what the Bush admin did either, btw, but this seems pretty close. When you inform ministers of theological issues, or voters laws that are defrauding millions, then you yourself are skirting the law.

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