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> Tax-exempt churches involved in politics
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post Jun 3 2008, 04:19 AM
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The IRS rules say that 501©(3) organizations (which most churches are) can have political positions, but can't endorse political candidates. Is it me or this this rule never actually enforced? Wouldn't Obama's former church be foul with those rules, and wouldn't the recent church in Texas that denied Douglas Kmiec (a Catholic lawyer) communion for endorsing Obama be construed as an endorsement/condemnation of a politician?

Friggin churches running amok with the IRS rules, and the IRS just stands by. It's interesting how if I start a political action committee, my committee has to pay taxes. But if I call it a church and announce that the creator of the universe telepathically communicates with me (and tells me to vote for someone in particular), I get to be tax-exempt and even get "faith-based" subsidies.

See:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.p...toryId=91087067

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