Whooops Your Tax-Exempt Status

[Content Note: Christian supremacy, appropriation of Jewish oppression]

Well, it has certainly been quite the week for privileged, patriarchal Christian assholes, hasn't it? You may recall Roman Catholic Bishop Jenky of Peoria, Illinois who, as described in this space, while speaking from the pulpit of his cathedral compared Obama to Bismarck, Clemenceau, Stalin, and some other guy. Who was it? Seems like it was somebody big. Oh yeah! Hitler!

Turns out that not only does the Anti-Defamation League take issue with the Holocaust being appropriated by privileged Christian leaders to complain about birth control pills, the IRS may have some investigating to do:

The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, alleges that a fiery homily by Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky last Sunday effectively urged Catholics to vote against Obama in the 2012 presidential election ... “To be sure, Jenky never utters the words ‘Do not vote for Obama,’ ” Lynn wrote. “But the Internal Revenue Code makes it clear that statements need not be this explicit to run afoul of the law.
While I have no doubt that Jenky and other Catholic bishops like him will escape without serious penalty, it's nice to see that their blatant attempts to turn Catholic pulpits into Fox-News-with-incense are not going completely unchallenged.

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