By Gary P Jackson
Billy Graham is an icon in America. Graham has given counsel to our nation’s presidents, and inspired untold millions to find God, or strengthen their relationship with Him. Graham Ministries operates Samaritan’s Purse, a humanitarian effort that helps those in need worldwide.
You might remember the Reverend Franklin Graham traveled to Alaska after a series of natural disasters left natives, who live in remote areas, on the brink of starvation. Reverend Graham and Alaska’s Governor Sarah Palin would deliver supplies personally to those in need. Later, Governor Palin accompanied Reverend Graham on several missions, including one to Haiti.
Seeing the government attack such a wonderful ministry is more than troubling, it’s pure evil. And pure politics.
The IRS came after Billy Graham, too, his son charged Tuesday in a letter to President Barack Obama.
Franklin Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the family’s international humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse, said that the IRS notified the organizations in September that it was conducting a “review” of their activities for tax year 2010.
With the IRS admitting it gave extra scrutiny to conservative political organizations, Graham says he now believes that the review was part of an Obama administration effort of “targeting and attempting to intimidate us.”
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association urging of voters to back “candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel” during last year’s presidential race was the reason why IRS agents visited the North Carolina offices of both Graham groups, the letter accuses.
“While these audits not only wasted taxpayer money, they wasted money contributed by donors for ministry purposes as we had to spend precious resources servicing the IRS agents in our offices,” Graham wrote in the letter, which was shared with POLITICO. “I believe that someone in the administration was targeting and attempting to intimidate us. This is morally wrong and unethical – indeed some would call it ‘un-American.’”
Graham said that “in light” of the IRS admission that it targeted tea party groups for added scrutiny, “I do not believe that the IRS audit of our two organizations last year is a coincidence – or justifiable.”
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You can read Reverend Graham’s letter to President Obama here.
This very well could be a violation of the Graham’s First Amendment rights. Reverend Graham feels he was targeted because his ministry appealed to voters to choose those who would follow the word of God and support Israel. A noble plea, if there ever was one.
I find this quite evil, since democrats like Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, and of course, Barack Obama himself, have been known to show up at black churches and hold political rallies poorly disguised as worship services. The Obama regime has openly appealed to church leaders to help pass their radical anti-American agenda. I doubt the Marxist leaders of these churches have ever had to worry about an assault from the IRS.
It’s time to fire the leadership of the IRS, and it’s time to take Obama down, and fit him for his orange jumpsuit! As Americans, we simply cannot tolerate this direct assault on the very core of our being. We simply cannot tolerate this assault on our Constitution.