Re: [humanism-174] Political pulpit?

From: Tim C.
Sent on: Sunday, October 7, 2012 12:25 PM
I agree.  As was pointed out at meetup yesterday, all non-profits could be affected by any dramatic change ins tax code concerning religions, especially those that do deal specifically with politics  Nevertheless, I do not like subsidizing churches regardless of their political activities.  Tax exemptions for soup kitchens and other specifically charitable activities pass muster; property and facilities used specifically for "worship" or other religious rituals, no!
Tim Campbell
 
In a message dated 10/7/[masked]:07:47 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, [address removed] writes:
This so frosts my can. 

They want to endorse candidates? Let 'em pay taxes. 
,
Chris

Church

PASTORS PREPARING TO DEFY THE IRS

Charlie Butts   (OneNewsNow.com)
Monday, October 01, 2012

The list of pastors willing to challenge the Internal Revenue Service's rules for maintaining tax-exempt status is growing in advance of Pulpit Freedom Sunday this weekend.

Most pastors keep silent on election issues for fear of violating the so-called Johnson Amendment, passed in 1954, when then-Sen. Lyndon Johnson (D) wanted to silence churches and conservative non-profit groups who opposed his candidacy.

Stanley, Erik (ADF)

Attorney Erik Stanley of the Alliance Defending Freedom tells OneNewsNow that means pastors are the only ones who do not have constitutionally protected freedom of speech.

"It's outrageous for pastors and churches to be threatened or punished by the government for applying biblical teaching to all areas of life, including candidates and elections," Stanley contends. "The real question is who should decide the content of sermons: pastors or the IRS?"

The attorney asserts that no one should have to surrender a constitutional right to be a pastor.

Well over 1,000 pastors -- nearly double last year -- have signed up to defy the IRS this Sunday by preaching about the moral issues of the campaign and the candidates' stances. If the IRS takes action against any of them, Alliance Defending Freedom will provide representation in order to overturn the amendment, which Stanley says is clearly unconstitutional.



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