Well it looks like we may be seeing a windfall for the revenue side of the federal budget if these pastors follow through with their plan and I hope
they do. I'm hoping that they permanently lose their tax exempt status over this one.
According to this article, which lists Fox News as their source, 1000 pastors plan to instruct their flock on which candidates to support in the
upcoming election. They plan on filming their instructions and sending the film to the IRS in defiance of constitutional statutes prohibiting such
political activity in hopes of instigating and winning an IRS legal challenge and reversing the statutes.
More than 1,000 pastors plan to openly defy the IRS by telling their congregation on October 7 to vote for a particular presidential candidate,
according to Fox News.
The annual event, dubbed “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” has been organized by the conservative Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom. The pastors
participating in the event plan to preach about the election, endorse a candidate, and send video of their sermon to the IRS.
According to the article, despite the fact that the Johnson Amendment prohibits tax-exempt organizations from intervening in political campaigns, to
date the IRS has been reluctant to remove their tax-exempt status for doing so.
“The IRS will send out notices from time to time and say you crossed the line,” Jim Garlow, a senior pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San
Diego, told FoxNews.com. “But when it’s time to go to court, they close the case.”
IMO, it's time for the IRS to make a stand, enforce the law and remove the tax-exempt status of churches that willfully violate the Johnson Amendment.
Not all churches, just those who insist on preaching politics from their pulpits. I have at least three ordained ministers in my family, none of
whom would ever dream of injecting politics into their sermons and they too, are appalled by the proposed actions of these neo-conservative preachers.
As are others;
Americans United for Church and State has pushed back against the event, sending letters to 60,000 houses of worship that urge them to obey
federal tax law.
“People don’t join churches because they want to be told how to vote,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United.
“Our letter reminds religious leaders about what the law requires, why it makes sense and how it could affect them.”
“Most clergy of all faiths know it’s inappropriate to use their pulpits to stump for political candidates,” he added. “But there are very
vocal misguided religious and political forces that constantly prod religious leaders to violate federal tax law. We urge clergy to just say no.”
Actually, I think these neo-con pastors are attempting to lay the groundwork for the next big "we are people too" lawsuit/decision called "Neo-Con
Churches United." One where they can openly admit that their churches are really political organizations disguised as houses of worship and still
retain their tax-exempt status.
Welcome to the first step in the process of converting neo-con churches into religious super PACS, something this country needs about as much as a
whole in the head. Actually we used to have something that very much resembled just what they're attempting to legalize now, back then it was called
the Ku Klux Klan.
edit on 24-9-2012 by Flatfish because: (no reason given)