Monday, June 7, 2010

Steve Poizner goes to church

Hey look, everybody! Published liar Steve Poizner, down by 26 points in the Republican gubernatorial primary race, isn't going down without a fight!

Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner pivoted from illegal immigration to social issues today during a campaign stop at the New Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Norwalk.
Wait a minute. Does something seem strange to you?

Poizner doesn't talk much about issues such as gay marriage on the campaign trail but built his short talk around them today. Several people at the giant church said they shared Poizner's professed views opposing gay marriage and abortion rights.

With the church band standing behind him, Poizner started his speech talking about his daughter Rebecca, who graduated from high school over the Memorial Day weekend.

Awww, that's sweet. Don't worry about Rebecca not being able to attend the college of her choice when Dad loses the election. He's a billionaire, so he'll muddle through somehow. But wait, if I'm reading this right, Steve's campaigning in a church! Is that how you read it too?

I don't think you're supposed to do that! What does the IRS say?

Currently, the law prohibits political campaign activity by charities and churches by defining a 501(c)(3) organization as one "which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office."

Sure seems like the New Harvest Christian Fellowship is participating in a political campaign on behalf of a candidate for public office to me. I mean, they gave the guy the church and the congregation, right?

Look, you want to let a professional liar who changes his position on issues whenever it's convenient for the political office he wishes to purchase into your church to talk about gay marriage and studiously avoid talking about his support for the Arizona immigration law since your congregation is mostly Latino, be my guest. You can sacrifice virgins and worship Baal, for all I care. Just pay taxes like everyone else has to.

[** Note that I haven't researched whether the New Harvest Christian Fellowship is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. If they're not, and they pay their taxes like the rest of us, I'm a jackass and I apologize. Carry on with your discussions of Jesus's position on gay marriage.]

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