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Subject: Obama Betrayed his Church. How much would his oath of office be worth?
The United Church of Christ, of which Barack Obama is a prominent member, is currently under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service for allegedly allowing its 501(c)(3) tax exempt resources to be used to support Barack Obama’s campaign (http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/02/26/irs_investigating_obamas_churc_2.html). As shown by “IRS Investigation: A Test Of Church’s Faith?” by Davida Foy Crabtree (http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-commentarycrabtree0302.artmar02,0,2026115.story) we must conclude that Barack Obama (1) promised the United Church of Christ that no campaign-related activity would take place during the United Church of Christ’s General Synod in June 2007, and then (2) he promptly broke his word by using the 501(c)(3) tax exempt event to promote his Presidential candidacy. If this is how Barack Obama keeps his word to his own church and then, by breaking it, gets the church into trouble with the IRS, we really have to wonder whether any oath of office he takes will be worth the air he speaks it with. Reverend Crabtree asserts,
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.
The Internal Revenue Service alleges, however, that “Our concerns are based on articles posted on several websites, including the church’s, which state that United States Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama addressed nearly 10,000 church members gathered at the United Church of Christ’s General Synod at the Hartford Civic Center on June 23, 2007. In addition, 40 Obama volunteers staffed campaign tables outside the center to promote his campaign.” The latter shows that, after promising the United Church of Christ that “no advocacy or promotion of his candidacy would be permitted,” the Obama campaign allegedly proceeded to turn the church’s annual gathering into a campaign event.
Nor was this alleged betrayal confined to people who were working for Obama, who also broke his word to his own church. Here are relevant portions of “A Politics of Conscience,” the speech that Obama delivered to the United Church of Christ (http://www.ucc.org/news/significant-speeches/a-politics-of-conscience.html). (more…)