Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Personal Aside: Academic Freedom The Congress Targets Ministries that Violate Tax Exemption: Guess Which Ones?...Get Ready for Peggy Noonan to be the Next Defector.
It is indeed heartening to see academe defending the goal of academic freedom of inquiry that has been a hallmark of Western civilization since the monks established the university system.
A University of Toledo faculty member has been fired after she wrote a column in the Toledo Free Press that questions whether homosexuality should be touted as a civil right issue. Crystal Dixon, associate vice president of human resources, wrote that as a black woman she took great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are civil rights victims. Heres why. I cannot wake up tomorrow and not be a black woman. I am genetically and biologically a black woman and very pleased to be so as my Creator intended.
That violated the canon of the University which fired her, declaring her values do not accord with those of the school. Toledo is one of 13 state universities in Ohio and declares in its website that it respects diversity of all kinds.
Not the diversity that Crystal Dixon attests to, Judeo-Christianity however.
Its heartening to learn that the U. S. Congress is targeting ministries that it suspects of violating the IRS nonprofit rule. Guess which ones? Trinity United Church of Christ which under Jeremiah Wright cursed America and hustles votes for liberal Democratic candidates? St. Sabinas under Fr. Michael Pfleger which hits whitey and urges the election of Barack Obama for president? Rev. James Meeks who is both pastor of Salem Baptist church and a Democratic state senator and who regularly mixes political agendas with theological ones?
No. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has launched a probe of six conservative televangelists which, Grassley said, share the same branch of evangelicism and promote socially conservative and public policy positions. Meaning pro-life and anti-homosexual rights.
Last Nov. 6, Grassley, the ranking Republican on Senate Finance, asked for detailed financial information from Paul and Randy Whites Without Walls International Church, Benny Hinn Ministries, Joyce Meyer Ministries, Kenneth Copeland Ministries, Eddie Longs New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and Creflo Dollars World Changers Church International. Only Joyce Meyer met the original 30-day deadlinebut Grassley stiffened the committees investigation and got the chairman of the committee, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana) to co-sign subpoenas. When the March 31 deadline passed, only Copeland and Creflo Dollar stayed defiant. Copeland has since launched a counter-offensive, demanding an IRS audit under the Church Audit Procedures Act of 1984 (CAPA) which Grassley co-authored.
If Grassley wants information, he said, he should ask the IRS for it. Its a clever strategy because IRS audits are confidential and take at least five years to complete.
So far Grassley and Baucus and the U. S. Senate see nothing further amiss from the other ministries across the land. Isnt that comforting?
Judging from her columns in the Wall Street Journal, get ready for Peggy Noonan to be the next to defect to Barack Obama. The White House, you see, didnt make her director of communications despite her taking a leave to campaign for Bush in 2004 so the posy, highly artificial scribe who is a gifted wordsmith grew discontented and started kicking about the callousness and political obtuseness of the White House. At the same time she has been very caustic about Hillary Clinton, almost to the point where her rants against the first woman to make a serious run for the White House seem like gender self-hatred.
Her gushiness about Obama seems very like the early thoughtful parsing Doug Kmiec did for Obama before he defected. Not a word from either on the great dichotomy between Obama and pro-life, an issue which both Kmiec and Noonan profess adherence to. The war the economy the need to ingratiate ourselves with foreign nations and not be hated global warmingall seem of equal weight which means that if they are all equal, its easy to come down on the side of Obama on sheer numbers of equal issues alone.
Watch for Dear Peggy to follow the exit route and shake her golden tresses in the limelight as an Obama devotee.