The Religious Right is just *begging* for the IRS to come after them. They want churches to become involved with politics. They want pastors to tell their congregations to vote for certain candidates. They want churches getting involved with political issues. It’s not subtle or under-the-radar either:
Liberty Counsel is distributing over 100,000 copies of “Silence is Not an Option,” a DVD and printed material set informing pastors and churches about what is permissible regarding political and advocacy activity.
“The church must be empowered to confront the assaults on our culture, our faith, and our freedom,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “I don’t want any pastor, church leader or lay person to say, ‘What more could I have done to protect life and liberty?’”
“Silencing people of faith in the public square has always been the goal of those who realize the influence that pastors, churches, and people of faith have on elections. I want pastors to remove the muzzle and replace it with a megaphone,” said Staver. “Pastors and churches have a lot of freedom to address Biblical and moral issues, to educate people about the candidates, and to encourage people to vote. Not one church has ever lost its tax-exemption for endorsing or opposing candidates or for supporting or opposing local, state or federal laws,” said Staver.
The sad part is the IRS isn’t doing what they’re supposed to do. Churches are tax-exempt and that means they cannot endorse candidates. If they want to play the politics game, they have to start paying taxes. Americans United and FFRF have been alerting the IRS to transgressions for years — with proof — with no actual results to show for it.
I want to know why the IRS is letting this slide.
By the way, I tried obtaining a copy of “Silence is Not an Option.” The site said “Suggested Donation of $10.00.”
Well, if it’s only suggested, I should be able to pay nothing, right?
Nope. $10.00 *is* the selling price.
“Suggested” my ass.