Hoffman did not read what the flyer said, but gave what he called “the Ron Hoffman substitute for the words on this page.” In other words, he made up his own version of what he claimed Dunbar had said.
He had taped his political comments opposing Dunbar and supporting Bronson to the back of the card. He distorted everything Dunbar wrote.
He said Dunbar’s position is that “government knows best,” while Bronson believes in freedom. He said that Dunbar wants to take away parental rights, while Bronson doesn’t. He said Dunbar wants to close small businesses, while Bronson believes in small business. He said Dunbar believes there is “no more crime,” while Bronson believes in holding criminals accountable.
“Forrest believes that our public system, school system is great,” Hoffman said, as the crowd booed. “It is, I don’t even know the number, but let’s just say it is of the 10 worst systems in the entire country, but it’s great. And we spend, I don’t know how many more dollars than every other city and it’s still great. And they want more money to fix the problem because it’s great.”
“Bronson might have a different view. He knows the truth about public schools. The schools are struggling and I understand that. Because they’ve taken God out by the way, that’s part of the problem. And he supports the idea that maybe private schools, maybe, I know it’s crazy but maybe they might know something because their kids actually know how to read and can do math.”
“If you have a child in the public schools, I’m sorry, I love you, but I’d love to have you in our school. Because I believe we teach the truth and we’re also gonna educate your children well above what you face,” he said.
Hoffman wrapped up this part of his sermon saying that Dunbar asked for it.
“Had he not mentioned our name, you would not have heard that rant,” Hoffman said, adding that “the war is never over” and people should make sure to vote.
This is what the IRS says about politics in churches and keeping taxfree: “In 1954, Congress approved an amendment by Sen. Lyndon Johnson to prohibit 501(c)(3) organizations, which includes charities and churches, from engaging in any political campaign activity. To the extent Congress has revisited the ban over the years, it has in fact strengthened the ban. The most recent change came in 1987 when Congress amended the language to clarify that the prohibition also applies to statements opposing candidates.”
On May 9 Hoffman endorsed Bronson and denounced Dunbar. Listen for yourself, starting 30 minutes into the video below.
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