Video of the chant began spreading like a disease on social media over the weekend when throngs in attendance were egged on by event organizer Clay Clark, host of the podcast “Thrivetime Show.”
Guest speakers at the event included former President Donald Trump confidant, Roger Stone; Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton; Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow; and Alex Jones, who ranted that Bill Gates, Hillary Clinton, and President Barack Obama all serve Satan.
Michael Flynn, former national security advisor to the one-term president, spoke Saturday, saying the U.S. should have one singular religion. The same QAnon devotee Flynn who’s said the U.S. government is controlled by the “deep state” by Satan worshippers and even took an oath to the bizarre Q-cult.
The origins of the chant go back to Oct. 2, and an interview with NASCAR driver Brandon Brown, who’d just won his first race. While being he was speaking with NBC reporter Kelli Stavast, the crowd started chanting “F**k Joe Biden.” Stavast said, "You can hear the chants from the crowd, 'Let's go, Brandon!'" in her broadcast. No one knows if she misheard the crowd or was trying to deflect.
"Any Christian church that engages in the white Christian nationalism that John Hagee's Cornerstone Church does has long forsaken the teachings of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. And for those confused, QAnon is incompatible with Christianity," Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie, a minister in the United Church of Christ in Portland, Oregon tweeted.
Josh Mandel, Ohio's former state treasurer and current Republican Senate candidate, called the chant “amazing.”
"Pastor John Hagee is the founder of Christians United for Israel. He is a leader among leaders in protecting the Judeo-Christian bedrock of America,” Mandel tweeted.
But, as Rep. Joaquin Castro says, this event felt more like a political rally than a church service, leaving many to wonder how Cornerstone can maintain its tax-exempt status.
According to the IRS, churches and religious organizations, like many other charitable organizations, qualify for exemption from federal income tax under IRC Section 501(c)(3) and are generally eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.
To qualify for tax-exempt status, the organization must meet the following requirements:
- The organization must be organized and operated exclusively for religious, educational, scientific, or other charitable purposes;n net earnings may not inure to the benefit of any private individual or shareholder.
- No substantial part of its activity may be attempting to influence legislation.
- The organization may not intervene in political campaigns, and the organization’s purposes and activities may not be illegal or violate fundamental public policy.
Churches that indulge theocratic hogwash and politics in the pews, like Hagee’s congregation routinely witnesses, should be taxed. As Crooks & Liars so eloquently puts it:
“Our tax laws are so biased and corrupt in favor of right-wing politics that Hagee and his ilk could convert their church to a 501-c-3 Political Action Committee and be fully within the law. We need to overturn Citizens United. Corporations are not people, even when those corporations are supported by people [who] have their butts in the pews.”
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