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Complaint filed with IRS against Trinity UCC

Saturday, March 22, 2008

UCCtruths has received a copy of a complaint to the IRS regarding Trinity United Church of Christ. Although sent anonymously, it came from the same email address that sent a copy of the IRS complaint about the national office of the United Church of Christ last August. UC News acknowledged in February that the UCC was being investigated by the IRS.

From the letter in the new complaint against Trinity UCC:
According to a March 10, 2008 Wall Street Journal article titled “Obama Pastors' Sermons May Violate Tax Laws,” Trinity United Church of Christ’s current pastor, the Rev. Otis Moss III, and its former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., both made direct or indirect statements in support of Presidential candidate Barack Obama from the pulpit during a sermon.

According to The Wall Street Journal article:

On Christmas morning, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. compared presidential candidate Barack Obama's impoverished childhood to Jesus Christ's. "Barack knows what it means to be a black man living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people," he then trumpeted. "Hillary [Clinton] can never know that."

Also according to The Wall Street Journal article:

In some instances, the church's ministers alluded to Sen. Obama without naming him.During a Trinity sermon observed by a Journal reporter on March 2, the Rev. Otis Moss III, the pastor, preached, "There was a non-Babylonian, a young man who heard the word of God and said, 'I have the audacity to hope!' Now the whole nation says, 'Yes, we can! Yes, we can! Yes, we can!'" [This is a reference to Sen. Obama’s campaign slogan]

In addition, the Trinity United Church of Christ web site (http://www.tucc.org/about.htm) includes campaign videos from Sen. Obama’s Presidential campaign. The video includes a URL to the official campaign web site.

The complaint includes a copy of the Wall Street Journal article and a print copy of the Trinity UCC web page with the videos.

The full complaint will be posted on http://www.UCCtruths.com/ shortly.

UPDATE - Documents now online:

TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST COMPLAINT
ATTACHMENT 1
ATTACHMENT 2
posted by UCCtruths, Saturday, March 22, 2008

7 Comments:

I am a member of Trinity UCC. As a member, I frequent our website. I have NEVER seen campaign videos for ANY candidate on our website. Perhaps you have us confused with some other website.

Moreover, I just went to the URL you have posted and there is no such video. Please explain.
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 3:43 PM  
Let's have a pool to guess how long it will be before you're accused, directly or by implication, of being the source of this complaint. I'm guessing Wednesday at 3 p.m.
:-)
commented by Blogger Don, 8:30 PM  
Too late... got an email today that said as much
commented by Blogger UCCtruths, 1:08 AM  
Anonymous: Read this article and click the link - just checked, it's still there
commented by Blogger UCCtruths, 9:03 AM  
http://ucctruths.blogspot.com/2008/03/new-churchstate-conflict-involving.html
commented by Blogger UCCtruths, 9:03 AM  
What's with blacking out the name of the person who filed the complaint? They want publicity for filing the complaint by sending it to UCCtruths, but don't want any criticism coming their way?
commented by Blogger James, 12:10 PM  
Why don't we allow our Barry Lynn sort this one out..he's usually quick on the draw on these issues..Barry...where are you ????
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 10:41 PM  

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