Obama did the equivalent of F-bombing his own church
The Internal Revenue Service has, and rightly in our opinion, cleared the United Church of Christ of accusations that it violated its tax exempt status by hosting Barack Obama’s “A Politics of Conscience.” The IRS’s letter to the United Church of Christ cites the same points that we did: even though Barack Obama’s “A Politics of Conscience” contained campaign-related content, the UCC did everything possible to prevent the Obama campaign from misusing its resources for electioneering. It would therefore be hardly fair to hold the United Church of Christ accountable for Barack Obama’s decision to break his word to his own church by giving a speech that described what he will do if he is elected President, as shown by the transcript of “A Politics of Conscience,” and the IRS apparently came to the same conclusion.
As stated by ”IRS Investigation: A Test Of Church’s Faith?” by UCC minister Davida Foy Crabtree in the Hartford Courant
- Our purpose in inviting Sen. Obama in the spring of 2006 — long before he was a candidate for the presidency — was to ask him to address the connection between his Christian faith and his public service, to speak to us of the challenges for people of faith in the public square today. And he did so with eloquence. As a prominent member of our church, his was a natural invitation, just as the others were. To avoid any hint of endorsement or promotion, our national officers and our denominational attorney established clear understandings with Sen. Obama’s office in Washington. He readily agreed to all of them. We made it clear not only to his campaign staff but also to our own synod delegates and visitors that no advocacy or promotion of his candidacy would be permitted.
We have shown on multiple occasions that, after Obama and his people said that they understood these rules and agreed to them, Obama wrote (with premeditation and malice aforethought as opposed to speaking in the heat of the moment) “A Politics of Conscience” and the following campaign promises:
…It’s been several months now since I announced I was running for president. In that time, I’ve had the chance to talk with Americans all across this country. And I’ve found that no matter where I am, or who I’m talking to, there’s a common theme that emerges. It’s that folks are hungry for change – they’re hungry for something new. They’re ready to turn the page on the old politics and the old policies – whether it’s the war in Iraq or the health care crisis we’re in, or a school system that’s leaving too many kids behind despite the slogans.…
- Our conscience can’t rest so long as 37 million Americans are poor and forgotten by their leaders in Washington and by the media elites. We need to heed the biblical call to care for “the least of these” and lift the poor out of despair. That’s why I’ve been fighting to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit and the minimum wage. If you’re working forty hours a week, you shouldn’t be living in poverty. But we also know that government initiatives are not enough. Each of us in our own lives needs to do what we can to help the poor. And until we do, our conscience cannot rest.Our conscience cannot rest so long as nearly 45 million Americans don’t have health insurance and the millions more who do are going bankrupt trying to pay for it. I have made a solemn pledge that I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premiums by up to $2500 a year. That’s not simply a matter of policy or ideology – it’s a moral commitment.
The fact that Obama said this after promising explicitly that no campaign-related activity would take place during his appearance at the United Church of Christ shows that he doesn’t have much of a conscience at all. Obama’s conduct reminds us of a caller to a talk radio show who, after indicating his understanding of Federal Communication Commission rules that ban profanity, spews a long series of F-bombs once he is on the air, thus getting the radio station into trouble. There are enough callers whose lack of character and maturity makes this a real possibility that there is a delay of several seconds between the time a person speaks and when the words are broadcast, and this allows the radio station to cut the sound if the F word or similar profanity is present. The United Church of Christ obviously felt that similar conduct from a United States Senator would be so inconcievable that there were no provisions for cutting Obama’s microphone, and the UCC was wrong. Obama did the equivalent of F-bombing his own church, thus causing its officers considerable stress and worry about what the IRS would do as a result. The IRS apparently reached the same conclusion:
Senator Obama was invited to speak at the 2007 General Synod, in a non-candidate capacity, on how his personal faith intersected with his public life. You further established that the United Church of Christ had verbally communicated to those in attendance that Senator Obama was there as a member of the church and not as a candidate for office, that the audience should not attempt to engage in any political activities and that the church’s legal counsel had advised Senator Obama’s campaign of the ground rules for his speech.
- Also in response to the inquiry, you indicated that the United Church of Christ did not authorize or have any power to authorize campaign volunteers for Senator Obama to set up tables near the entrances of the Hartford Civic Center on Saturday, June 23, 2007, and that the activity was conducted on public property outside the control of the synod and therefore was not attributable to the church.
- You further advised that the United Church of Christ’s website provides a link to the IRS fact sheet on ”Election Year Activities and the Prohibition on Political Campaign Intervention for Section 501(c)(3) Organizations,” and that your Nationwide Special Counsel has advised leaders of the United Church of Christ of the publication of Revenue Ruling 2007-41, in June 2007.(OCR transcription of part of the IRS letter to the United Church of Christ, http://www.ucc.org/news/pdf/irsletter.pdf)