We are living in two different countries, as John Edwards said in the 2004 campaignand let me offer one example. When a pastor who is also a state Senator announces hes thinking of running for governor from the pulpit and thunders out a televised oration-homily that says, according to at least one public policy source, Come on with me, white churches Call me and tell me to run for governor. White people who believe in Jesus, call me and tell me to run for governor not in violation of his churchs non-profit status as well as separation of church and state? I ask: Is it when hes black? Because a number of white conservative pastors and churches have been singled out in support of Republican candidaciesnot the candidacy of the particular pastor.
Why are not our cowering, politically correct media pointing this out? Why does the IRS investigate other religious organizations and schools and veer away from African American churches that purvey the party line? Why does the Catholic archdiocese allow Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabinas, to allow presidential candidate Al Sharpton to harangue a congregation? Is Pfleger not the same white pastor of a black church who has been allowed to run many years over his term limit as pastor by the archdiocese which is too cowardly to insist he live by the rules other pastors must?
Where is the criticism of this case? If the quote is accurate, the only reason Reverend-Senator James Meeks is not feeling the heat is because he belongs to a constituency that since the civil rights struggle has been absolved from these transgressions because the feds is afraid of what it sees as bad press for prosecuting an African American church. And dont respond by telling me Im a bigot. I think my credentials in the civil rights community are fairly well-known: founder of the federal office that instituted set-asides where by the time I left $200 billion in contracts were given to minorities and countless additional billions since then
fomenter who initiated passage of the first civil rights resolution adopted by the National Governors conference
friend of the civil rights leader Andrew Young, supporter of his candidacies from Congress (where my company produced the film documentary of his history)
numerous corporate social responsibility programs
current proponent of the mayoral candidacy of Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.
I ask: where are the analytic news stories that underscore the flagrant violation of the non-profit status? Where are the political writers who cover potential candidacies and turn up all kinds of interesting sidelights ala Jack Ryans divorce records? Where are the news writers who were so mightily offended by Jim Oberweis commercials and any improper linkage with his ice cream business? The writers are under their beds. Are we going to see any story from the newspaper that prints Meeks patron, Rev. Jesse Jacksons DNC political talking points as commentary? From the newspaper that prints Father Andrew Greeleys Dem talking points as spirituality? Where are those writers, those TV expose architects of breaking news? Where are they? Where are the religion writersor are uninterested in writing about the abrogation of church and state and are only intrigued with spaghetti and Christianity?
And you call this a journalists town.