January 16, 2007

Leopard, spots, etc etc...

Grandma Nancy is—you will be so surprised—planning a drastic attack on our freedom of speech. Jay Sekulow writes...

Nancy Pelosi hasn’t been Speaker of the House for two weeks yet and there is already proposed legislation which would be the most significant encroachment ever into the affairs and ability of churches and other organizations to communicate. Under the guise of lobbying reform, Speaker Pelosi and others have proposed legislation greatly expanding the scope of lobbying regulation which would have a significant impact on churches, pastors, religious denominations, public interest organizations, civic organizations and other nonprofit groups. Even private individuals who voluntarily pay for media to distribute important messages to the general public on political matters would be impacted.

So draconian is the proposed Lobbying Reform Bill that it would actually impose registration and reporting requirements on churches and other nonprofit organizations. This is because the definition of “lobbyist” and “lobbying firms” includes specifically grassroots-organizing efforts. Under this broad-based regulatory scheme that Nancy Pelosi is advocating, many churches, especially larger churches with TV and radio ministries, would be subject to registration as a lobbying organization. Failure to comply with these lobbying requirements could result in fines and even criminal sanctions. Churches and their pastors who address the social issues of the day and encourage members and non-members alike to mobilize for action, including communications with Congress, would be required to make certain initial and quarterly disclosures to the United States Congress about their activities...(Thanks to Gerald).

It's useful to remember that certain groups won't be affected by this. If unions turn out their members for campaigning, that's okay because they are "not" spending money. If the news media bombard us with lefty propaganda, that's allowable because they are "not" spending money. If the Lancet declares right before each election that casualties in Iraq are ten times as high as anybody dreamed....that's "academic freedom." Hmmm. Unions, news-media, academy. Is there some pattern here I'm not quite smart enough to see?

But in a certain sense Pelosi can't be blamed. The underlying philosophy of the Dems is socialism, and that never happens without drastic restriction of individual freedom. They are just doing what comes natural. Much greater blame is due to the loathsome John McCain and his CFR. And to president Bush, who signed the thing, though he knew better.

Posted by John Weidner at January 16, 2007 8:52 AM
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