Issues are 100% acceptable. Promoting candidates is not.
Religious organisation have gathered up there lawyers and have pushed against the myth that the IRS has any authority to regulate speech from the pulpit. Recently the IRS has stated and agreed with the lawyers representing religious organizations that the IRS has no legal authority to silence political speech from the pulpit. This case has no leg and is going nowhere!
I never understood why churches accepted this whole “non-profit” status thing. They gave the government a hold on them by accepting that. They should have never had to register with government at all.
I think unregistered churches and house churches are the wave of the future.
Churches that back 0bama and middle-eastern-death-cult indoctrination centers are exempt.
This is exactly what these churches want. They want to IRS to crack down on them, so they can take it to court and hand the Johnson amendment thrown out.
Churches have been tax-exempt since 1791 (the year the Constitution was ratified). That was 122 years before the income tax came into existence (1913).
Churches are NOT tax-exempt because they are non-profits.
Churches ARE tax-exempt because they are religious institutions. And, that is the end of the story.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” It has always been understood that, since taxation has the power to destroy, that allowing the government to tax a church would inhibit the church’s ability to practice its religion.
No candidate was mentioned, for or against. No political party was mentioned, for or against. That means: there was no electioneering.
Churches and clergy are ALWAYS permitted ("permitted"!) to talk about issues.
The case will be dismissed on the basis on standing. Since FFR has not been denied its tax exempt status it has no controversy or claim at issue.
If this includes Black churches then I’m on board. If it is white churches only stuff it.
Wait! Before I read the article, they’re talkin ‘bout the black churches, right?
since the belief in man-made gorebul warming is a religion, and liberlism in general is a religion, lets ban them from churches too.
Note to Madison:
Before you walk too far down this path, you might aquaint yourself with the kinds of political activity that occurs in BLACK churches.
They have been holding fundraisers & campaign appearances for a long time.
You ne3ed to see this evidence before you go after white churches.
The tiresome Freedom From Religion folks are at it again — suing churches.
FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.
Will they be going after mosques as well as churches?
Somehow I doubt it.
Sounds like the WhiteHouse is becoming a little more sophisticated......using its community branches now to further it’s political ends.