‘NO BETTER PLACE THAN CHURCH’ TO TALK ABOUT POLITICAL ISSUES
Okay, granted, the Obamas didn’t exactly spend the 20 years prior to O’s ascendancy to the throne in a normal church environment, what with Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright spewing hatred every Sunday, so perhaps Mishy deserves a break when it comes to church “etiquette,” right? Hell no.
Anyway, it appears that Mishy might want to brush up on that whole tax-exempt-status thing before she speechifies to parishioners again. In a (campaign) speech last week before the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s general conference in Nashville, Mooch told the crowd that there was “no place better” than church to discuss politics:
“To anyone who says that church is no place to talk about these issues, you tell them there is no place better – no place better.”
Um, Mooch? Actually that “anyone” is the Internal Revenue Service. You see, not only can the IRS impose fines and immediate taxes on a church that supports a political a candidate (like the hubby, for example), or a church that opposes a candidate (like Mitt Romney, for example), it can also revoke that church’s tax-exempt status. Yeah, I know – bummer.
Perhaps in an effort to couch her admonition in more churchy terms, Mooch tried to amplify her comment:
“Because ultimately, these are not just political issues; they are moral issues. They’re issues that have to do with human dignity and human potential.”
Translation: “Hell yes these are political issues, who am I trying to kid? I’m using the same code words Barack uses on the campaign stump!”
At any rate, maybe we should give Mooch some slack – and try to understand her confusion; she was also in Nashville in April when she told a similar crowd:
“This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light.”
Mooch obviously has a hard time distinguishing the O-man from Jesus Christ. That must make Jesus feel pretty good about himself.
In a related observation, don’t you just love how the Obamas get all churchy during election campaigns?
O and Mooch; gonna miss ’em.