“and here is the rest of the story,” about Pastor Jones and the Ground Zero Mosque

As Paul Harvey used to say, “and here is the rest of the story” .  Actually, it probably isn’t the total rest of the story, there is probably more government interference to come Pastor Jones’ way.

If you have been following the Ground Zero Mosque story you know part of the story about this Florida Pastor and his small flock. There are attempts to discredit and marginalize him and his flock mostly by those who are at best, marginal themselves. They have called him an idiot, a pinhead, and that was only by those on the right.

If you read the article by Diane West below you will see the heavy hand of the US Government written all over this story. At least on Pastor Jones side of the story.

The shoe that is yet to fall is probably a tax audit to make sure he (Pastor Jones) is not violating the rules for the tax exempt status of his small church. No doubt some lawyer or CPA suggested that he should incorporate his church rather than use some other form for his church. The sad truth is that if you ask the governments in this case the state for a corporate (fictious name) the state now controls if you may exist or not and applying to the Fed’s for non-profit status allows the Fed’s to impose any rules they see fit. In this case you can be shut down by the state (FL) or the Feds.

This reminds me of a Christian financial counselor, Larry Burkett.  We listened to his radio shows and attended a few of his seminar’s over the years. Larry passed in 2003 from cancer, I believe his ministry is being carryed on by a group named Crown Ministries. Anyway, Larry was one of those counselors who seemed to have the normal interpretation of the Scripture concerning obeying governments. Without quoting the specific Scripture it has to do with the instruction to obey governments because they are instituted to do good.  The actual quote does not tell us what we are to do with governments that are instituted with the intent to do bad. That maybe the subject of a future blog post. To continue with Larry, he did have an epiphany later on because the IRS did a complete audit of his non-profit ministry. The story goes that they looked at every scrap of paper and questioned each one for the period under audit. Now the IRS has a number of agents who if they aren’t auditing Larry Burkett they are auditing someone else thus you could say with some degree of truth that it costs the IRS no more or no less to audit either Larry Burkett or GM. But, that is not true for Larry, this audit required thousands of dollars to pay his staff to help reconstruct transactions and all that was involved. GM has a full-time staff to handle audits which probably occur on a yearly basis for them.

After that audit Larry did not appear as friendly towards government intrusion into citizen’s affairs as he had before. I always figured that Larry got on the wrong side of some government official or agency that had the power to institute an IRS audit and that is probably what happened.

Diana West: Demonizing Pastor Jones also means denigrating his rights | Washington Examiner.

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