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IRS investigating Obama’s church

The IRS is investigating the United Church of Christ due to a speech Obama gave at their national convention last year after he became a candidate for president. Obama belongs to the 1.2 million-member Protestant group through his Chicago congregation headed by Jeremiah Wright.

The Washington Post reports that according to a copy of an IRS letter that the church received Monday, the IRS is launching the inquiry “because reasonable belief exists that the United Church of Christ has engaged in political activities that could jeopardize its tax-exempt status.” Under federal law, churches are barred from becoming directly or indirectly involved in campaigns of political candidates.  UCC has denied any wrongdoing.

Eurweb reportsThe IRS said in the letter that it was concerned about articles posted on the church’s website and on other sites stating that Obama had addressed nearly 10,000 people at the event. The agency also said Obama volunteers had staffed campaign tables “outside the center to promote his campaign.”

     Obama, a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, spoke about faith and public life at the denomination’s June, 2007 General Synod in Hartford, Conn. UCC had invited Obama to speak a year before he announced he was running for president because of his involvement in the denomination, said Rev. J. Bennett Guess, a spokesman for the Cleveland-based denomination. The church leaders say that they consulted lawyers before the event and even told the crowd that the senator was not talking on campaign-related issues.

You can’t even speak at your OWN church!  Wow.  You know black folks love their churches.  Maybe he just forgot about the rules. 

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Black Bloggers throw down in this year’s election

I love this article. Shout out to the “Afrospere”. Spear…Spear Chuckers maybe??? Has anyone one else thought of that conotation. Black Bloggers, did we come up with that term?  Did it come from the Afrospear Think Tank?  Sigh, anyway…

On African American Blogs, Sharp Words for Candidates

By Jose Antonio Vargas – Washington Post
These are busy — and impassioned — times in the Afrosphere.

Five days before polls open in South Carolina, where half of the Democratic primary voters are expected to be black, blogs such as African American Political Pundit, Jack and Jill Politics, The Field Negro, and Black Prof, to name just a few, are, like many South Carolina African Americans, sharply questioning Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign strategy against Barack Obama — especially in the wake of last night’s debate slugfest in South Carolina — as well as John Edwards’s claims of electability.

After last night’s debate, in which Obama and Clinton traded their most aggressive and personal barbs to date, Christopher Bracey of BlackProf wrote: “Looks like Barack won this round in convincing fashion, with Edwards and Clinton tied for runner up. Funny how the press wants to concede S.C. to Barack now. I don’t think this was the case a week ago.”

Added the blogger who calls himself L.N. Rock, a Silver Spring-based IT professional and founder of the African American Political Pundit blog: “Let us not forget John Edwards, and his under the radar seemingly racial and sexist comment….when he said, ‘The ONLY thing I would say — and I think it has nothing to do with race and gender. Let me be really clear about that. It’s amazing now that being the white male…is different…is being able to go everywhere in America and campaign and to compete — and…I think I can go everywhere and compete head-to-head with John McCain.” Continue reading

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