Better Angels

"...all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." ---Abraham Lincoln, First Innaugural Address

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

When in Doubt, Cry "Liar!"

So Jerry Falwell and Barry Lynn were on CNN's Capitol Report on Friday, talking about the Bush campaign's effort to get support from right-wing churches. Lynn is the executive director of Americans United for the separation of Church and State and Falwell is...I'm sure you know who Falwell is.

Here is a bit of their conversation:
Rev. LYNN: Let me respond to this. You know, Jerry Falwell, you lost your own tax exemption for "The Old Time Gospel Hour" for one year in 19...

Rev. FALWELL: Never. Never. Never. Not one minute.

Rev. LYNN: ...wait a minute, '86 and '87.

Rev. FALWELL: Not one second. You are wrong.

Rev. LYNN: You had to pay...

Rev. FALWELL: Not one second.

Rev. LYNN: Excuse me, Let me finish.

Rev. FALWELL: Not one second.

Rev. LYNN: Fifty thousand dollars was paid to the federal government.

Rev. FALWELL: Never one second did we ever lose our tax exemption.

Rev. LYNN: So I don't think people ought to be taking tax advice from Jerry Falwell on this very sensitive matter. This is very serious.

Rev. FALWELL: You are telling a lie right now, Barry.

Rev. LYNN: We're not trying to go scare anyone, we're trying to tell the truth.

Rev. FALWELL: You are lying publicly right now, Barry. And, come on, be honest. "Old Time Gospel Hour" is not a church, by the way.

Rev. LYNN: No, it isn't.

Rev. FALWELL: But it has never lost...

Rev. LYNN: It's supposed to be a charity.

Rev. FALWELL: Listen. It has never lost its tax exemption. Thomas Road Baptist Church I've pastored 48 years. We've never even been challenged by the IRS nor has any other church in America.

Rev. LYNN: I didn't say you were. I talked about one specific incident.

Hmmm...Old Time Gospel Hour DID retroactively lose its tax-exempt status for 1986-87 though, and Falwell WAS fined $50,000.00. Why accuse your opponent of lying about something so easily verified?