The story that has dominated the news cycle over the past week has been Joe Biden’s DOJ sending in the FBI to raid former President Donald J. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.
In what is being perceived as a strictly partisan move, the nation is firmly divided over the FBI’s actions.
For those who are furious and have lost any remaining trust in the domestic intelligence agency, the DOJ collected information during the raid, which should have been protected via the attorney-client privilege.
The right to counsel is guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which means that pretty much all communications from a client to his or her attorney cannot be turned over to anyone unless approved by the client, period.
Further stoking the flame is the passage of the “Inflation Reduction Bill” which includes 87,000 new employees to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The IRS posted the job openings for this new position on their website but was forced to delete it once it became known that applicants would need to be willing to, “carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”
Now the Biden administration has launched an investigation into the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), using the organization’s handling of alleged scandals within the church as their excuse.
The SBC is the largest protestant faith group in the United States.
For skeptics, the real reason for the administration targeting this Baptist organization is the fact that its members are the most politically conservative. 64% of the church’s members are Republican, according to a report from Pew Research Center.
“The SBC Executive Committee recently became aware that the Department of Justice has initiated an investigation into the Southern Baptist Convention, and that the investigation will include multiple SBC entities,” the church’s executive leadership said in a statement; “Individually and collectively each SBC entity is resolved to fully and completely cooperate with the investigation.”
The SBC said that they were already working on addressing past alleged instances of abuse as evidenced by a recent investigation that they had completed.
“We recognize our reform efforts are not finished,” the church said. “In fact, those efforts are continuing this very moment as the recently announced Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force begins its work and as each entity has strengthened its efforts to protect against abuse.”
An internal report commissioned by the Convention and released in May found that complaints of sex abuse by pastors and staff were either ignored or covered up by top clergy, a practice that occurred over decades.
The Convention, which has 13.7 million members, has since issued a formal apology over the abuse and released a list of hundreds of offenders who have been criminally convicted, had civil judgments against them, or confessed their actions.
In its statement, the executive committee said the DOJ inquiry “will include multiple SBC entities.” Each entity is resolved to fully and completely cooperate, the report continued.
Why is this disturbing to people like me?
The federal government is constitutionally not supposed to be involved in creating or persecuting Americans over their religious beliefs.
Any crimes committed by those in the SBC should be handled by local law enforcement and courts, not the federal government.
The SBC’s leadership allowing the fed in will have long-term and dangerous ramifications for religious liberty rights, for all Americans, not justice Baptists.
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