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Right Wing Extremist
Rod Parsley lines his pockets while he promotes his right wing political agenda and enjoys his tax-exempt status for his church.
The Big News:
Akron Beacon Journal: ...The 31 religious leaders met Sunday night and signed a letter asking the IRS to determine if the churches should lose tax-exempt status over what they claim to be improper campaigning for Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican.
The Rev. Rod Parsley of World Harvest Church in Columbus and the Rev. Russell Johnson of Fairfield Christian Church in Lancaster improperly used their churches and affiliated entities for partisan politics, according to the complaint to be faxed to IRS Commissioner Mark Everson...
The complaint alleges that Blackwell was the only gubernatorial candidate showcased in church-sponsored events conducted by Parsley and Johnson. It also alleges that the evangelists' voter-registration campaign was done to support Blackwell and "biased" voter education materials were distributed by the churches for Blackwell's candidacy....
...and a few excerpts from The Columbus Dispatch:
More than 30 local pastors last night officially accused two evangelical megachurches of illegal political activities.
In a rare and potentially explosive action, the moderate ministers signed a complaint asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate World Harvest Church of Columbus and Fairfield Christian Church of Lancaster and determine if their tax-exempt status should be revoked....
The complaint makes three main allegations:
• That church-sponsored events conducted by Parsley and Johnson have showcased a single gubernatorial candidate — Blackwell.
• That Parsley and Johnson have launched a "partisan-oriented" voter-registration campaign "with the goal of registering 400,000 voters to support Blackwell’s candidacy."
• That Parsley and Johnson have been behind efforts to distribute "biased voter education" materials aimed at solidifying voter support for Blackwell....Rod Parsley, the minister who wears expensive suits, lives in an expensive family compound, and runs a huge political right wing church, has had this investigation coming for a long time. Most churches will have voter information nights to showcase all the candidates. Parsley pushes, and pushes his political agenda by inviting only candidates and speakers who support his extreme right wing point of view. It is about time that someone investigated Parsley and his church.
REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP RACE
With Tom DeLay stepping down from his House leadership, three Republican Reps., Blunt, Boehner, and Shadegg, have been promoting themselves for DeLay's job. THE HILL is running a daily tally of voters pledged to each representative: