Posted tagged ‘First Amendment Rights’

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

September 19, 2010

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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Monty Pelerins World » Our Patrick Henry Moment is Here

August 1, 2010

The following article is very  apropos for  today as we face an election that will change our future for a long time to come.

Monty Pelerins World » Our Patrick Henry Moment is Here.

The FCC, Net Neutrality, Property Rights and the First Amendment

October 29, 2009

“The American”, The Journal of the American Enterprise Institute, reviewed a great article written 50 years ago. An economist, Mr. Coase wrote about the Federal Communications Commission and the effect of government regulation on the process. The article covers three of Coase’s points about the problem with government regulation. Mr. Coase’s points are:

“(1)    The existence of a market failure or externality does not in and of itself justify government intervention; indeed, government is often the underlying cause of the problem.

(2)    Government intervention is seldom either administratively efficient or politically neutral; to the contrary, it often results in what Coase called the “mal-allocation” of resources.

(3)    Government control of the economy is a threat to political liberty; for example, government control of the broadcast spectrum has consistently been used to limit free speech.”

These three points appear to be applicable to any project the government takes on. For FCC just substitute Health Care Reform, Cap and Trade, failed Bank and Financial Institutions, etc. The article is applicable to today’s world as it was 50 years ago.

Recently the BBC radio had a 3 part program on conservatism called “Conserve What”. It was basically historical, yet it attempted to place David Cameron, the current head Tory, in line with other Tories like Benjamin Disraeli and Margaret Thatcher. How do Cameron’s principles compare with their principles?

The BBC reached a conclusion about the major differences between Tories (conservatives) and the Socialist, Communist, Fascist groups. That conclusion was that Tories, when they determine the need for change they first assess what they have and then and only then do they start to make smaller changes. The Socialist, Communist, or Fascist changes systems by throwing the existing system out and making broad sweeping changes without regard to the parts of the system that works well. Many people call this throwing the baby out with the bath water.