Prop 8 Lawyers Push To Remove IRS Rules Prohibiting Churches From Campaigning

  • metta

    Posts: 39104

    Sep 13, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
    Prop 8 Lawyers Push To Remove IRS Rules Prohibiting Churches From Campaigning


    http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/prop-8-lawyers-push-to-remove-irs-rules-prohibiting-churches-from-campaigning/politics/2011/09/13/26926
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 13, 2011 7:09 PM GMT
    metta8 saidProp 8 Lawyers Push To Remove IRS Rules Prohibiting Churches From Campaigning


    http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/prop-8-lawyers-push-to-remove-irs-rules-prohibiting-churches-from-campaigning/politics/2011/09/13/26926


    Once again, thanks for the 'heads-up' on this important issue.

    Fear we may have Moral Majority II with us in the 2012 presidential campaign. What with the continuing high unemployment, peoples anxiety, Supreme Court ruling allowing corporate campaign contributions and the Far Right - from the Wall Street 'we-forgot-to- thank-you-for-the-bailout Fat Cats to the Tea Party (now there's a set of strange bedfellows...) - working to take over the U.S. Senate and make Obama a one-term president.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 13, 2011 7:30 PM GMT
    I have ALWAYS believed in taxing the shit out of them (churches/religious orgs).. ever since my sister and her husband stopped paying any taxes because they declared themselves a 'church'............. what utter bullshit.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 13, 2011 9:59 PM GMT
    If churches want to have any say in government they should be taxed like the businesses they are accordingly icon_smile.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 13, 2011 10:02 PM GMT
    DAVID_HALL saidIf churches want to have any say in government they should be taxed like the businesses they are accordingly icon_smile.gif


    Agreed.

    I swear David if you ran for politics dressed like you are in that pic, you would win.

    Smart and sexy!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 13, 2011 10:02 PM GMT
    DAVID_HALL saidIf churches want to have any say in government they should be taxed like the businesses they are accordingly icon_smile.gif


    Exactly. What we don't need is More churches.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 13, 2011 10:48 PM GMT
    What never ceases to amaze me is how the religious right complains about the 'evil' of Islamic theocracy, while attempting to impose Christian theocracy in America. As if their brand of crazy were any better!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Sep 13, 2011 11:13 PM GMT
    The IRS, an instrument of Congress, decides what are official government-approved churches for tax purposes, and which are not. The Catholic Church may be official, but not perhaps some small store-front operation.

    But isn't that what the US Constitution says that Congress cannot do? Establish official religions? It doesn't matter if it's one, or one thousand. Some are declared official, while some are not.

    The US government is not allowed to establish official religions. Yet this is what happens for IRS tax purposes.

    What the government can do instead is grant religious groups non-profit status under the tax codes. That is a different test, not based on religious beliefs. But then they must be non-profit groups. Not running businesses, and not contributing to political campaigns, nor involved with them.

    Most current religious organizations would retain their current tax-exempt status under this change. Except, they would be held to perhaps a more rigid standard of operating for non-profit, and non-involvement with politics. And the government would not be in the un-Constitutional business of establishing what is a religion, and what is not.