Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Representative Wants the IRS to Look at the Catholic Church

Now this is interesting from California Representative Lynn Woolsey, via Politico:
 
I expect political hardball on any legislation as important as the health care bill. 
 
I just didn't expect it from the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). 
 
Who elected them to Congress? 
 
The role the bishops played in the pushing the Stupak amendment, which unfairly restricts access for low-income women to insurance coverage for abortions, was more than mere advocacy. 
 
They seemed to dictate the finer points of the amendment, and managed to bully members of Congress to vote for added restrictions on a perfectly legal surgical procedure. 
 
And this political effort was subsidized by taxpayers, since the Council enjoys tax-exempt status.
 
When I visit churches in my district, we are very careful to keep everything "non-political" to protect their tax-exempt status. 
 
The IRS is less restrictive about church involvement in efforts to influence legislation than it is about involvement in campaigns and elections. 
 
Given the political behavior of USCCB in this case, maybe it shouldn't be.
 
Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) is co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
 
How exactly is a tax exemption a subsidy? Why wouldn't she expect negative feelings from the USCCB in regards to abortion? Does she realize how many hospitals will close if they are forced to perform abortions on patients?
 
Last time I checked Representative Woolsey, you are a member of the House of Representatives which is supposed to "represent" the PEOPLE, right? Last I checked, or noticed, there are A LOT of people that are against having the federal government pay for abortions, not to mention even allowing abortions to be had. However, you don't seem to have a problem with taxpayer money killing innocent children in the womb. Nope, you have a problem with the Catholic Church because they stand against it. Next thing you know, you will be calling the church racist for not towing the Obama line. How about you work on a bill that will actually reform health care and save money and lives and quit looking to blame someone or something else on your inability to force this stuff down the people's throats? Keep this kind of nonsense up, and you will become one of us sooner than you may like.
 
Feel free to contact Representative Woolsey and express your concern for her silly little bullying attacks against an organization that prides itself on cherishing life, all life, from beginning to natural end. She can be reached at: 202-225-5161.
 
God Bless!