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Jarrett Remarks May Violate Church-State Rules

by Keith Koffler on January 17, 2012, 4:27 pm

With her attack from the pulpit against Republicans, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett may have helped land Martin Luther King Jr.’s old church in hot water with the IRS, according to The Daily Caller.

Speaking Sunday at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, Jarrett preachily warned that the jobs of firefighters teachers, and police “are now in jeopardy because Congress — well, let me be specific — because [of] the Republicans in Congress.”

Meanwhile, the church’s professional preacher also got into the act. From The Daily Caller:

The church’s pastor, Rev. Raphael Warnock, also used the same service to criticize former House Speaker Next Gingrich, whose own criticism of federal welfare policies has recently sparked angry complaints by Democrats. “Mr. Gingrich, let there be welfare reform, and let it begin with you,” said Warnock, who donated $250 to Obama’s 2012 campaign in May 2011.

After the service, Warnock told a CBS News reporter that Gingrich “is counting on the old logic of scapegoating and race-baiting” to help him win the GOP primary race in southern states . . .

The tone at the church event was political, according to Will Frampton, the CBS TV reporter who attended the event. “There were times during the service when it really felt like a political rally, perhaps even an early campaign stop, as much as it was a church service,” he hold his viewers Sunday night.

Whoops. Tax-exempt churches are just not supposed to be hosting de facto political rallies.

Right after Jarrett helped gin everybody up, the church staged a voter registration drive, which in the black community is akin to signing up Obama voters.

Look for Obama’s IRS to immediately begin an investigation into . . .

Well, on second thought, forget it.

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The Original January 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Just let a pastor in a church preach about the evils of abortion and watch the threats fly. If they let this slide by, then it is an open season at churches.

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RWC January 17, 2012 at 4:32 pm

So what? Is anyone going to bring this up against the administration? Nope.

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Lizzy January 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Told you so! But alas the MSM will let this pass like all the other flagrant
violations done by the Obama Mafioso. Even posters in the UK are asking as every time one of them shows up it turns to a campaign event why doesn’t the
GOP get equal time? Wake up somebody make some noise or we will be
stuck with them for 4 more years! She did it at the BET awards ask folks to
‘vote like your life depended on it’. I think it’s her free ride that depends on it!

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Joe January 17, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Vote like your free money from _______ depends on it.

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TexasFred January 17, 2012 at 4:53 pm

That only applies to legitimate Churches and Conservative flocks…

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MarjoJimbo January 17, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Yup.

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Lizzy January 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Yeah I guess we are looked on as heathens. Clutching our guns and
God I really am tired of that phase I wonder who started it?

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Keith Koffler January 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Some elitist.

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AFVET January 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm

To anybody with any degree of intelligence, Valerie Jarrett should be like a goldfish in a goldfish bowl.
Obama is going to pull out all of the stops this year.

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Sadie January 17, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Valerie, in any other (water) world, would be chum for sharks.

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Chuck Thomas January 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm

It will be a cold day in Hell before anyone even investigates this, much less pursuing some sort of revocation of the church’s tax-exempt status. Makes you wish that “reporter’s reporter ” Jonathan Martin from Politico was on this story. Wait. Never mind. That knife never cuts this direction.

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One Mad Woman January 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm

You speak of people who consider themselves above the law, and the IRS would undoubtedly turn a deaf ear and blind eye toward anything normally illegal the liberals can think up to commit. Don’t they remember that MLK was more conservative than he was moderate or liberal? Strange.

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Robin H January 18, 2012 at 8:23 am

They’ve recreated MLK in their image. Just like the KKK is now blamed on the Republicans. Revisionist history works really well when you control the teachers.

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rawheadrex January 17, 2012 at 5:37 pm

It is permitted. She brought a note from A-G Holder.

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Stephen C. (formerly KNOTHEAD) January 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Eric “Snake in the Grass” Holder cannot be bothered. It’s too cold for him to make a move to uphold the law of the land. But he’s ready to strike if you disagree.

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Mr. T. January 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Just another in a long list of items that will never be covered by the MSM and never reach the eyes or ears of the general public. Barry’s got a permanent hall pass on everything.

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DeniseVB January 17, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Why is Valerie Jarrett allowed anywhere near the White House much less have Obama’s ear ? Or is it Michelle’s?

http://theobamafile.com/_associates/ValerieJarrett.htm

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rulierose January 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm

you’re kidding, right? Jarrett is a SUPER close friend of both Obamas. I’ve read they go on vacations with her.

and her father, Vernon Jarrett, was some sort of hero to Obama and he’s known them forever.

I don’t know why everyone’s whining about Jarrett anyway. she is an absolutely ideal advisor for this president: divisive, partisan, mean-spirited, and uninterested in the rule of law if it gets in her way.

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bettyann January 17, 2012 at 7:41 pm

And she makes MOOch seem handsome by comparison.

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ac7880 January 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm
Doug Rose January 17, 2012 at 6:24 pm

These are “Holders People”…..Nuff Said !

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rulierose January 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm

this is an example of why Romney’s going to lose: the Obama regime’s disinterest in following the law. political meeting at a church? sure, that’s fine, says the separation of church-and-state-gang. really?!

as long as AG Holder is in charge of “election integrity,” the vote count is going to come out in Obama’s favor. white people who were harassed by Black Panthers will be disregarded, but black people who voted provisional ballots without ID WILL be counted–as long as they voted for the Democrats.

did you think it was a joke that Obama was going to give us “Chicago-style” politics? it wasn’t.

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Mike Lester January 17, 2012 at 6:44 pm

“”Think about that,” Holder said. “When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia—which was inappropriate, certainly that…to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people,” said Holder, who is black.

Correct me if I’m wrong but whenever the A.G. of the U.S. refers to “my people”, isn’t it his sworn oath that he’s talking about ALL Americans?

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Keith Koffler January 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I correct you, you are wrong.

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AFVET January 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Yes, he took an oath to achieve the office.
It doesn’t mean he has to abide by it given his standards.

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Susan January 17, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Nothing will come of this. Sadly, the rule of law doesn’t apply to what Mr. Holder calls his “people”, only to us.

Read a Huffpo story on this “pastor”. Seems Pastor Warnock studied under James Cone, father of the Marxist ideology black liberation theology…just like Obama’s Rev. Wright. Interesting thoughts Mr. Cone had on his religion.

http://youtu.be/MByCBUYjLUw

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Joe January 17, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Stick it to her, unlawful foreign criminal.

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anneinarkansas January 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm

No doubt about it but they will find a way to wriggle out of it.
Meanwhile, We the People will remember.

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girly1 January 17, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Martin Luther King was spinning in his grave last night – the eternal flame atop his crypt suddenly went out – the first time EVER! MLK would have been horrified at the thuggish behavior of the first black prez and the two ballsy thugettes who created the Obama myth! BTW, the flame was quickly re-ignited.

http://www.11alive.com/news/article/222786/40/text

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Robin H January 18, 2012 at 8:31 am

Awesome comments. Now we could use a few lightning strikes as another sign…

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Cooper January 17, 2012 at 8:11 pm

How unfortunate that the rules do not apply to the good folks at Ebenezer. Their tax exempt status should be reviewed and a warning given to them, at the very least. The pastor at my church has never and probably will never mention, much less endorse, political candidates for either party for fear of the IRS coming down on the church. Why should these yahoo’s get away with it?

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Codekeyguy January 17, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Brother Holder protects Black churches from the evils of legality. MLK’s daughter said that if he woere alive today, he would be PRO-LIFE! Another curseword for the sebilius/obama/holder coven.

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The Original January 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm

You know what is irritating about this. During one of the last couple of elections there was a very important issue on our ballot locally. On the Sunday before the election, our pastor took some time before his sermon to ask us to be careful how we voted on issues that would affect the moral character of our state. He said he would like to say more but didn’t want to potentially harmful to our church. He then prayed for wisdom for the voters. Nothing was ever named but we all knew what he was talking about. Thankfully, the issue failed.

But this weirdo from Chicago can spout off all she wants in a pulpit without any fear of causing harm for that church.

That kind of garbage ticks me off.

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Anonna January 17, 2012 at 10:41 pm

The reporter on the clip that you showed said that they have been registering voters for a few months — is that okay for a church to do?

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Chris W. January 18, 2012 at 8:21 am

“May”?
“Just not supposed to be”?

This kind of mealy-mouthed eggshell-walking is exactly why the liberals always win.

Tell it like it is: This is illegal and charges must be brought immediately. Censure this woman and remove her from her office, and do it today. Shout from the rooftops and demand the law be obeyed instead of saying “Gee, you’re not supposed to do that”.

Republicans are weaklings and this is why you lose.

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Susan January 18, 2012 at 9:16 am

You are spot on.

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Stephen C. (formerly KNOTHEAD) January 18, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Oprah said it right “My VAJAJA is hurting.

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