I received the following request over on Entrecard:

Hi. I have put a drop and valuable ad click for ur site. hope that u do same for me :)

I won't name names or I.D. the blog. That's not my reason for posting this. My reply:

No, I don't reciprocate AdSense clicks.

There is a similarity between dropping Entrecards on sites that agree to return the favor, but the distinction between Entrecard and AdSense is clear. Every Google AdSense host has agreed never to trade ad clicks.

The lines can be difficult to comprehend. The whole worldly system is inherently headed in the wrong direction. No one can be pure while functioning within it. We are all captives to one degree or another. Even Jesus was in the process of being made straight, as he said. That's why I've devised the Christian Commons.

But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand. (Isaiah 32:8 KJV)

The Christian Commons is liberal. It is anti churl (meanly acquisitive and hoarding). It is anti villain (impious; lawless to righteousness).

Bless you with the whole truth.

No Hard Feelings,

Tom Usher
Real Liberal Christian Church


The following should appear at the end of every post:

According to the IRS, "Know the law: Avoid political campaign intervention":

Tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) organizations like churches, universities, and hospitals must follow the law regarding political campaigns. Unfortunately, some don't know the law.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from participating in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. The prohibition applies to campaigns at the federal, state and local level.

Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes. Section 501(c)(3) private foundations are subject to additional restrictions.

Political Campaign Intervention

Political campaign intervention includes any activities that favor or oppose one or more candidates for public office. The prohibition extends beyond candidate endorsements.

Contributions to political campaign funds, public statements of support or opposition (verbal or written) made by or on behalf of an organization, and the distribution of materials prepared by others that support or oppose any candidate for public office all violate the prohibition on political campaign intervention.

Factors in determining whether a communication results in political campaign intervention include the following:

  • Whether the statement identifies one or more candidates for a given public office
  • Whether the statement expresses approval or disapproval of one or more candidates' positions and/or actions
  • Whether the statement is delivered close in time to the election
  • Whether the statement makes reference to voting or an election
  • Whether the issue addressed distinguishes candidates for a given office

Many religious organizations believe, as we do, that the above constitutes a violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

That said, we make the following absolutely clear here:

  • The Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project not only do not endorse any candidate for any secular office, we say that Christianity forbids voting in such elections.
  • Furthermore, when we discuss any public-office holder's position, policy, action or inaction, we definitely are not encouraging anyone to vote for that office holder's position.
  • We are not trying to influence secular elections but rather want people to come out from that entire fallen system.
  • When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
  • It is impossible for us to fully evangelize and proselytize without directly discussing the pros and cons of public policy and the positions of secular-office holders, hence the unconstitutionality of the IRS code on the matter.
  • We are not rich and wouldn't be looking for a fight regardless. What we cannot do is compromise our faith (which seeks to harm nobody, quite the contrary).
  • We render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. We render unto God what is God's.
  • When Caesar says to us that unless we shut up about the unrighteousness of Caesar's policies and practices, we will lose the ability of people who donate to us to declare their donations as deductions on their federal and state income-tax returns, we say to Caesar that we cannot shut up while exercising our religion in a very reasonable way.
  • We consider the IRS code on this matter as deliberate economic duress (a form of coercion) and a direct attempt by the federal government to censor dissenting, free political and religious speech.
  • It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.

And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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    • FYI,

      This guy has recieved one harsh warning, if he EVER does this again he will be completely banned and will not be allowed to create another account.

      So you let us know if he does this again and he will not get a 3rd chance.


      • Hello Matt,

        I did not lodge a complaint against him with Entrecard. I understand Entrecard's position not wanting to be a format for that conduct while wanting to protect its reputation with Google and other businesses.

        It crossed my mind that someone might recognize the message if the fellow was issuing the same message over and over, but I dismissed the thought that Entrecard would police things to the degree that is apparent from your comment.

        "Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother." (Matthew 18:15 KJVR)

        Where's the respect? I didn't violate the rules by not informing on him, not turning him in, did I?

        You must let things take their course too you know. Entrecard's approach here could result in greater hardening rather than making the community more conducive to self-policing (a working conscience).

        The reason for my post was to encourage others to take the approach of telling others that they are rejecting whatever temptation and encourage the tempter(s) to do likewise.

        "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." (Matthew 10:16 KJVR)

        I really don't want to have to be on guard against Entrecard being merciless. Wait for the formal complaints. Don't turn people into police inspector Javert on behalf of Entrecard. It won't do. We need to head in the opposite direction from that.

        I put your comment and my reply in public rather than informing you one-on-one in private. Your situation is different from the fellow who erred in trying to trade AdSense clicks.

        I will endeavor to remain as harmless as a dove where Entrecard is concerned.

        You did not respond to my reply to your comment concerning EuroYank.

        The Peace of Christ,