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Government Can’t Require Churches to Abandon Constitutional Freedoms

paranoidmystic Wrote: Oct 08, 2012 5:25 PM
For once, I completely agree with the conservative position. The notion that churches must give up freedom of speech in order to attain tax exemption is preposterous. If you drill deep enough, every sermon has a political dimension. Any sincere religious message contains within it directives regarding how to act in the world. That said, I personally don't think churches should be tax exempt.
Happy Jake Wrote: Oct 09, 2012 6:28 AM
The power to tax is the power to destroy. THAT is why churches (and synagogues and mosques) are tax exempt.
Dean197 Wrote: Oct 09, 2012 9:00 AM
The choice isn't between tax-free and subject to all taxes. A church could incorporate as a 501(c)4 and retain most of its tax exemptions while being able to legally campaign on behalf of their view of the public interest. Many PACs operate under this code.

In the wake of the most successful Pulpit Freedom Sunday to date, a look at opponents who have commented publicly about the event in recent days shows that they are still attacking it for something it’s clearly not. In other words, the arguments against Pulpit Freedom Sunday fail because the premise for those arguments is all wrong.

This year, as part of the event, nearly 1,600 pastors nationwide preached sermons that analyzed the positions of various political candidates—an exercise in free speech that violates a flawed Internal Revenue Service rule known as the Johnson Amendment. The goal is to...