It’s not unusual for ministers in the black community to endorse political candidates.
But having a political fundraiser for a political candidate at a church is a new development in Shreveport politics.
The Mount Canaan Baptist Church is hosting an “Ollie Tyler Prayer Breakfast” on Tuesday, December 4.
The event is posted on the Tyler campaign website.
It is touted as an invitation to “join us as we support our Mayor Ollie Tyler and come together as business, political, faith, and youth leaders to pray for our city.”
The minimum contribution is $25.
For those that want to give big bucks, the max contribution is $2500,--which is the legal limit in this run-off election per donor.
This political contribution prayer breakfast raises many questions.
The first is does this jeopardize the tax-exempt status of the church?
Another is will those who want to attend be barred if they do not contribute?
Or if they wear an Adrian Perkins for Mayor tee shirt?
And who knows, it may be prohibited by the Louisiana campaign finance laws.
Hmmmm…does this remind anyone of the parable of the money changers outside the temple?