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IRS still dragging its feet on challenges to religious pulpit electioneering

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  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    Dec. 11, 2012 9:34 p.m.

    I never imagined that the IRS could be bullied! Witness the amazing power of religion.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Dec. 12, 2012 6:22 a.m.

    I have an easy solution.

    Get rid of all charitable deductions and religion would be free to say what it wants from the pulpit.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 8:02 a.m.

    Money is power. Tax churches just like every other person.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Dec. 12, 2012 8:23 a.m.

    Nothing will be done. And it's not the power of religion, but the power of the religious!

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Dec. 12, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    I think we should tax labor unions, churches that promote a certain political party (Rev. Wright)and all political advocate groups including the LBGT.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 10:24 a.m.

    The religion bashing is predictably naive. Doing away with charitable donations is a very simplistic and hugely bad idea. The government does not want to take over funding for Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, LDS Welfare Square, Salt Lake Rescue Mission, Red Cross, Nature Conservancy, religious or secular universities, etc. The IRS just needs to do its job.

  • Phranc SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 10:33 a.m.

    @mounta(i)n man
    I was not aware that "LBGT" was and advocate group. If you are talking about organizations like equality Utah donations to them are already not tax exempt. I also cant help but notice you only seem to think that those groups that do not agree with you should be taxed, interesting.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Dec. 12, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    "The government does not want to take over funding for Catholic Charities, Salvation Army, LDS Welfare Square, Salt Lake Rescue Mission, Red Cross, Nature Conservancy, religious or secular universities, etc."

    And I would bet that a very very small piece of religious tax deductions actually goes to those causes.

    I have to believe that the vast majority goes to purchasing and keeping up buildings, and paying utilities. Why should tax deductions be given for prosthelytizing work in other countries?

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 2:25 p.m.

    casual observer,
    yes, under BO, they do!

  • George Bronx, NY
    Dec. 12, 2012 4:49 p.m.

    @casual and lost
    So religious institutions should not have to follow the laws and expecting them to do so is "naive religious bashing" because they offer charity? I work for a non profit that provides charity can we just ignore the law as well or does this only apply to religious institutions? Do you think there might be a reason those laws exist other then just "religious bashing?" Do you know why non profits including churches are not allowed to do a significant amount of lobbying.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 6:08 p.m.

    The IRS will NOT challenge political religious speech,

    simply because the act passed by congress is unconstitutional,

    it violates free speech, it violate religious freedom,

    and most importantly, the Governmenet can not in any way proscibed what can be said at the pulpit.

    DO you really want the Governmet dictating what pastors, priests, evangelists, etc, can say at the pulpit?

    Some people, the LEFT, do not like freedom.

    But freedom means people can ans will do ans say and do what you do not like.

    Get over it.

    IF you want Government out of marriages and charities then that is the fight you should have.

    But you can not tax speech, speech of any kind.

    And charities and religions are allowed to speak out on any thing they wish.

    That is what freedom is.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 8:12 p.m.

    George,

    What stretch of the imagination turns what I said into "religious institutions don't have to obey the law"?

    But since you are obviously confused, allow me to clarify - BO and his cabal DO want to take over those private charities because then BO and his cabal would take control.

  • George Bronx, NY
    Dec. 13, 2012 3:22 p.m.

    @lost
    lets see maybe through your convoluted conspiracy theory that obama is using the law to take over charities maybe?