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I don't see the churches in your OP that would espouse progressive or leftist political ideologies.
originally posted by: MGaddafi
a reply to: sacgamer25
“The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries."
originally posted by: xuenchen
For the sake of clarity, what does the actual IRS rules say about "talking" political issues vs "endorsing" with ads and money and in print?
Or do they not draw any lines?
Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. The prohibition applies to all campaigns including campaigns at the federal, state and local level. Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes. Those section 501(c)(3) organizations that are private foundations are subject to additional restrictions that are not described in this fact sheet.
The political campaign intervention prohibition is not intended to restrict free expression on political matters by leaders of organizations speaking for themselves, as individuals. Nor are leaders prohibited from speaking about important issues of public policy. However, for their organizations to remain tax exempt under section 501(c)(3), leaders cannot make partisan comments in official organization publications or at official functions of the organization. To avoid potential attribution of their comments outside of organization functions and publications, organization leaders who speak or write in their individual capacity are encouraged to clearly indicate that their comments are personal and not intended to represent the views of the organization.
It was an intentional violation of the law forbidding churches to engage in certain political speech meant to force U.S. courts to confront the issue.
So all the Pastor has to do is say "in my opinion" prior to the sermon and it's covered?
originally posted by: Michaelfunction
They still have freedom of speach 501c does not apply.a reply to: windword
originally posted by: MysterX
a reply to: windword
The reason they want to ban political sermons in church is obvious...the party politicians know they have been and are doing a terrible job, harming society and individuals alike and do not wish for the highly influential clergy to wake their church's up to this fact.
Which is even more reason to discuss these political subjects fully and openly.
If the party politicians are afraid of congregations realising the truth of what they do in the people's names, perhaps a better option would be to clean up their bloody acts instead of trying to gag people who will be listened to and trusted.
And I'm not so sure about actively enforcing, I doubt members of one's own congregation would turn them into the IRS for doing so.
Q What are the risks of violating the IRS restrictions on pastor
A The risks involved in violating the IRS restrictions on pastor speech from the pulpit will vary depending on the specific situation. Generally, the IRS can impose one of two penalties on churches. First, the IRS could levy an “excise” tax against the church. This is a tax imposed directly on the activity that violates the IRS restriction. An excise tax, though, would be difficult for the IRS to calculate and would probably not be very great in amount if applied to a pastor’s sermon (e.g. the amount of electricity for the time of the activity, assuming no direct funds were expended). Secondly, the IRS
could threaten to revoke a church’s tax section 501 (C) (3) tax exemption for a period of time.
Under the tax code, churches are automatically tax exempt, unless they are found to have violated section 501(c)(3). Alliance Defending Freedom believes that a church may only lose its tax exempt status for a very short time period, and even if a church’s tax exempt 501 (c) (3) letter is revoked, a church may once again be automatically considered tax exempt under the tax code if it agrees to abide by section 501(c)(3).
Q Would a temporary loss of tax exempt status have a significant impact on our church?
A Most likely, a temporary loss of tax exempt status would have very little impact on the church. Only “income” can be taxed by the IRS, but all donations to the church are “gifts,” which are not considered income under the tax code. Therefore, there may be no tax consequences for the church at all. Only church “income” from other
non-gift-related sources, such as business-related income, is subject to federal income taxation. For most churches this would be a small amount — if any at all.
In 2008, Alliance Defending Freedom conducted the first Pulpit Freedom Sunday on September 28. Starting with 33 pastors from 22 states in 2008, Pulpit Freedom Sunday participation has grown steadily to a high of 1621 participants in 2012.
There could be many reasons why the IRS has not responded to these pastors, including administrative delays, reshuffling of personnel following the 2008 presidential election, or a host of other reasons. The IRS’ response — or lack of response — should not be taken as substantive proof of anything. Alliance Defending Freedom remains committed to achieving the goals of Pulpit Freedom Sunday, no matter how long it takes.