There is a famous episode of All in the Family where Archie’s Attorney Mr. Rabinowitz (selected because he was Jewish) gives his client the most sage advice, “In the court of law,” Rabinowitz said “You NEVER argue with a station wagon full of nuns.”
Obama’s IRS may have violated what must be a corollary of that rule, when targeting conservatives do not go after Billy Graham.
According to Politico
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.”
HOLY Cow! That’s Billy Graham, targeting him is like tossing one’s mother on the street, its like messing with baseball or
General Motors (too late for that one). Graham is not only a preacher who can fill Yankee stadium but he is an American icon for God’s sake! We are talking about a man who has preached personally to every president since Harry Truman (he played golf with many of them also). He even played golf with Bob Hope.
No matter what one’s faith is Billy Graham is an American Treasure, by targeting Graham Obama’s IRS has sunk lower than ever thought possible–even for this Administration.