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(RNS) An independent commission recommended that members of the clergy should be able to say "whatever they believe is appropriate" from the pulpit without fear of IRS reprisal.

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  1. Churches should not get involved in politics at all to begin with (separation of church and state) but instead put their faith and trust in God’s kingdom or heavenly government as the only hope for mankind, just as Jesus and his disciples did while on earth.

  2. The solution is easy: if you want to do politicking, give up 501(c)3 status. There is no need to change the rules.

    I do agree that the line is fuzzy, with the IRS terrified about annoying religious people if they were to investigate churches (like those who participate in Pulpit Freedom Sunday). Again, the solution is easy: start enforcing the rules. Fund it with the back taxes collected.

    The 1.8 nonprofits in the U.S., most of them quite small, are able to fill out the IRS forms that disclose what they did with the nonprofit status that we taxpayers gave. Churches can do the same. Sure, there are sleazy churches that have something to hide. The problem from the Christians’ standpoint is that ALL churches are tarred with that brush.

    Churches get too many freebies as it is. No, let’s not give them another one.

  3. Earold D Gunter

    Actually, churches should pay taxes like everyone else. They enjoy the same physical benefits like roads, mail, police and fire protection, etc. as any other taxed organization. Why should taxpayers have to pony up for their share of the pie? Free exercise of religion as guaranteed in the constitution does not mean religious institutions should get the same benefits citizens, and businesses have to pay for, for free.
    Live, love, without the promise of the carrot, or the threat of the stick.
    Good day!

  1. […] This week, a group of mostly Evangelical leaders, along with a smattering of Catholic lawyers, produced a report that claimed the religious rights of ministers are thwarted by the government. The problem, they say, is that the tax exemption enjoyed by churches and other religious institutions prohibits ministers from endorsing candidates for political office. From Religion News Service: […]

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