Wednesday, July 19, 2006

IRS to Whack Churches

Some think this is a good thing.

The Internal Revenue Service has been warning churches and nonprofit organizations that improper campaigning in the upcoming political season could endanger their tax-exempt status.
In notices to more than 15,000 tax-exempt organizations, numerous church denominations and tax preparers, the agency has detailed its new enforcement program, called the Political Activity Compliance Initiative, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.


Another way to look at it is this: IRS to Muzzle Churches Which Teach Moral Applications.

Under the regs which IRS intends to apply (largely rammed through by LBJ and his Democratic Congress) some IRS folks will be determining whether a church is "too political." That's not a situation which should be acceptable to a Conservative.

This is not a question of Left/Right. This is a First Amendment question--the operative phrase is "Free Exercise."


Anonymous said...

No, there are tax codes that need to be followed and the churches can not sell a candidate to the members. In 2004 my church was requested by the GOP to give list of names and addresses of members. That was met by lots of anger even thought it fair to say most were Repubs.

Dad29 said...


That was the POINT. The tax codes are a violation of the 1st Amendment.

As to selling a mailing list: entirely different discussion.