Today is Pulpit Freedom Sunday, When Christian Pastors Dare the IRS to Revoke Their Tax-Exemption

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The biggest IRS scandal is the one virtually no one is talking about: How churches that pay no taxes in return for not endorsing political candidates are breaking those rules openly and receiving no punishment at all. (Some pastors even sent the IRS videos of their sermons.)


It happens on “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” — and today, more than 1,000 pastors are expected to participate. Since there’s no presidential candidate to endorse, they’re speaking about why the congregation should oppose marriage equality:

The Bible has not changed. God’s Word remains true that homosexual behavior is wrong and that marriage is as God Himself defined it in the beginning pages of Scripture — between one man and one woman only. Public opinion cannot change Truth. But Truth must be proclaimed to be believed and adopted. And that is where your role as a pastor comes in.

Written By: Hemant Mehta
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    • In reply to #3 by God fearing Atheist:

      The bitch is the IRS got caught recently unfairly targeting right wing groups.

      It seemed pretty fair to me, given the avowed anti-taxation stance of those groups. But I know that wasn’t the thrust of your post, and I expect you’re totally right about the political consequences of the public perception of unfairness.

    • In reply to #3 by God fearing Atheist:

      The bitch is the IRS got caught recently unfairly targeting right wing groups. Now this “right wing group” can get away with mooning them.

      This is temporary. The IRS can be like pitbulls. Now is the time to remind them about these “non-profits.” It would be best that they not single out churches, but other blatant misuses of tax breaks. I recall hearing about a sports team that took advantage of being a “nonprofit” organization while they raked in millions. The economy is still in a rough spot and society needs to wake up – the average person still has not considered this issue.

  1. Its scandalous that a business (and religions are businesses) pays no tax, especially one that sells a product that doesn’t exist.

    Its not right when Google or Amazon does it (and they actually have a product), and its not right when the Catholic Church or WBC does it.

    • In reply to #5 by Urichard:

      Does anyone know what the law really says about churches and backing political candidates?

      Yes, you could go to the IRS website to see exactly how the tax law is worded. They now have it set up so you download pdfs. You could also check on parsonages, or any other exemptions that benefit churches.

  2. Hopefully someone who lives in the U S can explain something to me.

    Every now and again news stories refer to something called the IRS scandal. But, so far, the only evidence that I have seen of IRS activity associated with this ‘scandal’ is that the Inland Revenue Service have sought to apply clear, existing, rules to non-profit organisations.

    Where is the scandal?

    Presumably, the rules that no-one should kill anyone else, or turn left on red, or wear khaki chinos on a Monday are not also creating ridiculous media coverage?

    Color me confused.

    Peace.

    • The scandal is that the only non profits who were screened using those rules were political enemies of POTUS,

      In reply to #6 by Stephen of Wimbledon:

      Hopefully someone who lives in the U S can explain something to me.

      Every now and again news stories refer to something called the IRS scandal. But, so far, the only evidence that I have seen of IRS activity associated with this ‘scandal’ is that the Inland Revenue Service have sought to apply cle…

      • In reply to #8 by wdbailey:

        Hi W.D.,

        The scandal is that the only non profits who were screened using those rules were political enemies of POTUS,

        That’s an interesting perspective, but it leaves me still asking questions:

        1. How do these people know that all the other non-profits were not screened?

        2. What evidence do they have [the people running non-profits and complaining] that they are being treated differently to anyone else?

        3. Is the IRS a Government organisation? Assuming that it is, why is it suddenly controversial that the IRS apples the rules in some cases and not others? Does the NYPD have a policy of applying the laws of homicide to every suspect, or do they tend to wait for a body to turn up?

        4. Are all U.S. non-profits flirting with illegal political activity? United Way backed all Republican candidates in 2012?

        5. Are U.S. rules for non-profits complex and difficult to understand? Perhaps U.S. non-profits are run, universally, by morons?

        WHAT CONTROVERSY ?

        Nothing personal W.D..

        Peace.

  3. That really pisses me off. Unfortunately, I can’t do anything against this from here in Canada. Go secular Americans! The more of your money these religious idiots get, the more power they can exert over you. Do something.

    • In reply to #10 by Fouad Boussetta:

      That really pisses me off. Unfortunately, I can’t do anything against this from here in Canada. Go secular Americans! The more of your money these religious idiots get, the more power they can exert over you. Do something.

      Yes perhaps we need to start a list of things/ideas to do.

  4. Environmental groups have the same problem as the churches. In Canada they split their activities into political lobbying and education and other programs.

    Donations to the political arm are not deductible. The others are.

    Why should churches have an advantage over everyone else in lobbying? It is just simply wrong and violators should lose their right to any tax deduction, just as what happens to any charity that cheats.

    I would go even further. I think the only activities that should be deductible should be for services provided that otherwise the government would have to provide, e.g. homeless shelters, restoring salmon streams, providing playgrounds, building low cost housing, providing daycare…

    I would get rid of the deductions and government grants to political parties. They are heavily rigged to favour the government party.

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