I submitted the following to Entrecard:

FYI: I canceled all Real Liberal Christian Church - Christian Commons Project EC-ads and won't be placing more (contrary to my former plan) because as a blog owner informed you [Nicole Charles, Inspire Political Discourse], the ads weren't running. I verified it and so did she on her side. My calendar said the ad was running on her site, and her dashboard told her the ad was running on her site. It wasn't. We both refreshed on her site enough to be certain of it.

I checked the other ads. They were not running.

I ran a block of ads one day and received zero click-throughs.

I considered that you might be running the 50% of the views during some timeslot, but that wouldn't make sense since you've no way of planning in advance the number of widget impressions/site visitors. You need to show the EC-advertiser's ad every other impression or risk a major false-advertising/misrepresentation problem.

This is VERY IMPORTANT TO YOU because people who are self-employed are earning money (EC exactly convertible to USD) working under your representations. If your system doesn't return according to contract, you are liable. It may be Small Claims for now, but it won't stay that way. Also, there's the BBB to consider, etc.

Is this ad-not-running situation unique to me? Have you addressed it somewhere? I can't check the Entrecard blog everyday or spend time gleaning the forums.

By the way, you can read this with a harsh tone in mind or a matter-of-fact/unemotional tone. Choose the latter, please. You can also take it as a threat; however, I'm definitely not litigious. I'm as harmless as a dove on purpose. Thank you, and may God bless.


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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    About Tom Usher

    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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    • Hi Tom and Happy Easter a bit early, He is risen!(regardless of the Holiday). I have noticed a problem with EC too. Although I have not really checked if my ads are running, I have noticed not a single visitor from EC in the last 2 days when looking at my FEEDJIT feed. Looks like others are experiencing problems and frustrations too, I saw one site promoting a strike/no drop day so it's not unique. We will see what happens, anyway take care and God Bless!

      • Hey Scott,

        It is good to see you here. Thank you for the Holiday (Holy Day) greeting. Yes sir, he is risen, and they are not going to de-thrown him — Not even over our flesh after it has given up our ghosts (our true selves).

        I received an understanding and sympathetic message from Donna of the My Christian Diary blog about my cancellation situation. I had an ad scheduled to run on her blog so I notified her about the reason I was canceling. It wouldn't have done to leave anyone wondering.

        As for your FEEDJIT feed, FEEDJIT requires JavaScript be enable for it and one can visit while allowing only certain scripts to run. That wouldn't explain zero hits though because not that many people know how to visit in stealth mode. I won't go into it here.

        The EC dropper's strike is on today. RE of Bad Gals Radio left a message here about it. I've given her my reasons for not participating. It isn't that I'm opposed to being selective about from whom one buys or for whom one works. If I see that something's from Monsanto, for instance, I won't buy it. I wouldn't work for them for mammon either.

        Frankly, I don't see much about Entrecard that indicates that social conscience there is any higher than say with the Walton family of Wal-Mart fame. Wal-Mart will sell Monsanto products of course.

        RE has her lines she won't cross, and I have mine some of which won't allow me to engage in the things RE promotes. She doesn't trust Graham (Entrecard's founder). Well, I don't hand him my soul either.

        Did you get any camping in this week off for you?

        I've just been fighting the computer battle. It took me a day to figure out why my theme was breaking and why my head-meta description wouldn't work dynamically on posts. I think I have it all ironed out now. It was an issue with using HTML-enabled excerpts.

        Say Scott, Thomas James has registered here as a future contributor. He's a working family man, so I don't know exactly when he'll be posting. He had a great comment about a real-life experience with a Christian commune being ruined by capitalist confusion and caving in.

        Well, I have to get back at it, as they say. I'll try to get over to your blog to read. I have never failed to enjoy your posts. They always pull me in the right direction.

        Peace, Brother,


    • Joseph P. Compagno

      Dear Sir,
      Happy Easter...
      Could you help me find the email address and phone number for Ronald Weinland with the Church of God in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am in New Orleans and cannot find a Cincinnati listing for either Ronald or his wife Laura Weinland or a listing for his Church of God. Please assist and e-mail me back at [email address deleted] Thank you