Skip to comments."Louisville church holds vigil for Sheehan." Did church violate IRS rules?
Posted on 08/18/2005 10:36:46 AM PDT by LarryDeRobio
Yesterday, The New York Sun reported that "The political action branch of MoveOn.org that is coordinating the vigils said on its Web site that all of its activities "are considered partisan under the law." The group counseled those holding vigils not to use the resources or facilities of nonprofit organizations, whose tax status could be jeopardized by political activity (LINK).
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Which church? I was just in Louisville for a wedding.
Church? Don't you mean Mosque, or Commune, or Scientology Reading Room?
Of course they did, but nothing will be done about it.
The church only violated IRS rules if it is actually a 501(c)(3). Not all churches register as such, nor are they required to.
Only Christians the ACLU deems Conservative can violate IRS rules.
The church in question is a Baptist church. Hmmm...
FWIW, the linked article has nothing to do with the text you posted about the IRS, etc.
If they are registered as a 501(c)(3) as TommyDale posted, they are subject to all IRC rules prohibiting political activity.
Well, the site says it is a church of peace.
I guess my question is: "Is having a prayer vigil for someone a political activity?". I do not agree with Sheehans views and know I differ with this church if they held one, but I don't know how the government can regulate a prayer vigil.
"FWIW, the linked article has nothing to do with the text you posted about the IRS, etc"
I know I conflated two separate articles, I apologize. Was just trying to show that MoveOn itslef warned against such potential IRS violation
If they used MoveOn political materials they can be in violation just as some churches were found to be in the past for distributing what were determined to be "partisan" pro-life materials etc.
100:1 that the church is a NCC member.
Which church? I'm in Louisville! I'll go to a FReeper counter march
"The Constitution holds that churches may not be state regulated or prescribed. It does not indicate that churches, which are collections of religious people, cannot participate in politics. There is no valid law that can prohibit a church from involving itself in any political activity."
The law does not prohibit churches from engaging in political activity. It prohibits ALL tax-exempt entities from engaging in political activity.
Just saw that, figures.
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