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Christianity Thomas on 19 Nov 2009 12:59 am

It’s about time – Churches could lose tax-exemption

Gay Marriage Supporters Threaten to Strip Churches of Tax Exemption

More than 75,000 Americans have joined an online movement seeking the revocation of tax-exempt status from churches that were involved in the repeal of Maine’s gay marriage law.

This quote makes your skin crawl:

Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund, however, reject the claim that churches violated IRS policy.

“Pastors and churches have a right to speak about biblical truths from the pulpit without fear of punishment,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley. “They can encourage their congregations to take a stand for marriage and can directly support legislative issues like Question 1 without running afoul of IRS rules.”

The right to speak about biblical truths? Truths like slavery and sexism? Go ahead and speak about them while you pay taxes like everyone else.

6 Responses to “It’s about time – Churches could lose tax-exemption”

  1. on 19 Nov 2009 at 11:48 am 1.Horatio said …

    If they join Obamas cabinet can they maintain their tax-exempt status?

  2. on 19 Nov 2009 at 6:16 pm 2.Ben said …

    Oh Oh Oh, met too!

  3. on 19 Nov 2009 at 10:49 pm 3.Gopherbroke said …

    well… he is right… Pastors and churches DO have a right to speak about biblical truths from the pulpit without fear of punishment….

    BBBUUTTT being tax exempt is NOT a right it is a privilege with rules attached to it!
    so removing it from them would not be punishment..it would be following the friggen law.

  4. on 20 Nov 2009 at 3:37 pm 4.Xenon said …

    “being tax exempt is NOT a right it is a privilege”

    Well so is marriage and healthcare BUT it doesn’t stop Sam from redefining.

  5. on 20 Nov 2009 at 6:51 pm 5.yup said …

    I think that the moment a pastor tells his/her congregation how to vote on a specific measure, he/she has given up the church’s privilege to tax exemption.

    If all he/she does is condemn homosexuality or whatever behavior from the pulpit based on words in the bible they should keep the tax exemption. But the moment he/she brings up how to vote that nullifies the message’s religious nature and makes it political.

    These churches were obviously telling their members how they should vote, so of course they should lose their tax exemption. Same for the mormon church that led the effort in California for the Yes on 8 campaign. There should be harsh tax measures in place to discourage churches from running political campaigns.

  6. on 20 Nov 2009 at 9:24 pm 6.Ben said …

    How about ACORN? They tell their people how to vote constantly and even how to traffic children. As long as they are tax exempt you don’t have a leg to stand on.

    I do agree with yup on principal but we don’t live in a society of principles.

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