Monday, November 14, 2005

preaching anti-war messages

An Episcopal church in Pasadena is being investigated by the IRS after an anti-war sermon.

Apparently, churches are allowed to take stands on issues but not individual candidates if they want to retain their tax-exempt status. This particular sermon in question happened on the eve of the 2004 election, so the government claims that it was anti-Bush.


I agree with the letter of the law. I'm glad that the IRS cracked down in 1995 on a church in Pierce Creek, NY that took out a full-page ad in USA TODAY claiming that voting for Bill Clinton was a sin. This case is different. It's in the best interests of ALL religious organizations and all nonprofits that anti-war messages are permitted.


Blogger Lena said...

Yikes is right!

1:09 PM  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Oh God...

1:36 AM  
Blogger United We Lay said...

Wow! I agree with the law as well, but I think this is a little much. I think the Bush administration useds absolutely everything it can to quelch any kind of resistance. I did a piece on Fascism last year that everyone freaked out about, but I think it may be time to revisit it. Thi sis how that kind of government control begins, with the little things that not many people notice.

6:59 AM  
Blogger mal said...

do you think they would have been investigated if they had made a Pro War statement?

1:31 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I recall Catholic priests telling their members not to vote for Kerry because he was pro-choice. For some reason that wasn't investigated.

3:58 PM  
Blogger United We Lay said...

Of course they wouldn't be investigated. The would be commended nationally by Pat Robertson.

You're right. Not one chuch lost their tax exempt status.

7:46 AM  

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