Thursday, February 08, 2007

Letter to the Editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Slightly edited version of yesterday's post. I'm sure they won't print it because it's too long. maybe I can edit some and resubmit.

Anyway, here it is...

What is the motivation behind Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington's latest attack on Pastor Mac Hammond and Living Word Christian Center?

According to its website, CREW "targets government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests.” Pastor Mac Hammond is not a government official. Is the group straying from its mission? Maybe now it is broadening its scope and "targeting" anyone with whom it disagrees politically.

Actually that has always been CREW's mission. Despite the noble-sounding name, this organization is not an impartial watchdog but a rabid attack dog. Last year they released their list of the 20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress. The list consisted of 17 Republicans and just three Democrats. Impartial? Please.

The problem with these types of allegations is that the very reporting of them gives them a certain amount of credibilty; they immediately appeal to peoples’ prejudices. Thus the accused are presumed guilty and must prove their innocence. Let's give the accused a chance before we believe the biased and politically-motivated accusations of a liberal lobbying group.

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