Black Pastors Campaign 2012
Attorney General Eric Holder, the
IRS, and the liberal lawyers at the ACLU will brief several hundred
pastors in the African American community on how to participate in the
presidential election -- which the Congressional Black Caucus chair
expects will help President Obama's campaign.
"We will have representatives from nine denominations who actually
pastor somewhere in the neighborhood of about 10 million people, and
we're going to first of all equip them with the information they need to
know about what they can say and what they cannot say in the church
that would violate their 501c3 status with the IRS," Rep. Emanuel
Cleaver, D-Mo., told MSNBC today.
"In fact, we're going to have the IRS administrator there, we're
going to have the Attorney General Eric Holder there, we're going to
have the lawyers' organization from around the country, the ACLU -- all
giving ministers guidance about what they can and cannot do," he noted.
Cleaver said they would not tell pastors which candidate to support.
They will let them know who to regard as the bad guys, though (hint: not
Democrats). "We're going to talk about some of the draconian laws that
have cropped up around the country as a result of the 17 percent
increase in African American votes," Cleaver said, describing voter ID
laws as a form of Jim Crow-style "poll tax" on seniors and black voters.
The CBC chairman is confident that "President Obama is going to get
95 percent of the [African American] vote," and wants to keep that
turnout high. "We want to let them know that there is a theological
responsibility to participate in the political process, at least in the
Judeo-Christian tradition," he said.
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