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[*] Post 348512 posted on 8-9-2008 at 20:19 Reply With Quote
Free Speech and Freedom of Religion, and U.S. Tax Code Restraints



Here is the article.
The Alliance Defense Fund is counseling dozens of clergy who all intend, on the same day, to challenge the Internal Revenue Service regulation which prohibits tax-exempt groups (such as churches) from political activity such as endorsing candidates.

Another group is opposing this activity and seeks to prevent it from happening.


The article does not mention that various tax-exempt groups have been favoring one or another candidate or political party already. The NAACP has regularly favored Democratic Party candidates, while not favoring black candidates in the Republican Party. Political candidates have been known to speak from church pulpits, during campaign season.
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[*] Post 348514 posted on 8-9-2008 at 20:45 Reply With Quote


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The article does not mention that various tax-exempt groups have been favoring one or another candidate or political party already. The NAACP has regularly favored Democratic Party candidates, while not favoring black candidates in the Republican Party. Political candidates have been known to speak from church pulpits, during campaign season.


The difference is the NAACP is not a religious organization.

The whole issue hinges on this sentence from the article:

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The ultimate goal is to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a 54-year-old ban on political endorsements by tax-exempt houses of worship.


What happens if the Supreme Court doesn't overturn the ban? Then all the churches who went along with this plan are in deep doo-doo with the IRS.

Personally I think the ban is a violation of the 1st Amendment clause on free speech. That is the way to get the ban overturned in court. Trouble with that is it takes YEARS to get a case to the Supreme Court.
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[*] Post 348520 posted on 8-9-2008 at 22:00 Reply With Quote


If they want to pontificate politically shouldn't they give up their tax exempt status though?
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