The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

June 6, 2012

Your View: Hypocrisy on display

JOPLIN, Mo. — We’ve heard outcries from the liberal left regarding “separation of church and state” whenever a Christian voices their opinion, or whenever anything is said about supporting faith-based organizations.

We’ve had the Internal Revenue Service investigate churches where pastors have spoken against the things that are being promoted by government, and telling their congregation what the Bible says about those things. We’ve had churches threatened with their 501C3 status if the pastor warns the congregation about those running for office and what they stand for. Yet, just recently we see the absolute total hypocrisy demonstrated by none other than Attorney General Eric Holder and the IRS.

On May 30, Eric Holder and the administrator of the IRS met with a council of African-American pastors. Their aim was to inform the pastors of what they can do in their churches to help re-elect Barack Obama without breaking the law. Now mind you, this is the government telling churches what they can do to help in a presidential campaign. Not only that, but according to an article in Politico, Holder told the council that “the sacred right to vote is under assault nationwide, with federal laws that could weaken, or block, minority access to the ballot box this fall.” The federal laws Holder is referring to are those requiring voter identification.

The states that have passed voter identification laws and those that are trying to get the law passed will do everything to ensure that anyone who is a legal voter can get a photo ID. The people that these laws will block are the illegal voters; the dead people who have voted in numerous elections around the country, those individuals who vote in more than one state, those who are not citizens, felons, dogs, and even Mickey Mouse. I believe the majority of people in this country would like to have their vote count and not negated by some fraudulent vote.

Every church that has been threatened by the IRS or the Justice Department should pay heed to the hypocrisy being demonstrated by these government officials. The next time someone yells “separation of Church and State,” just point them to Eric Holder and the IRS.

Marilyn Beasley

Joplin

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