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need2know
Call me a Progressive not a Liberal nor a democrat
07:23 AM on 09/22/2012
Tax the hell out of them, and not just Capital Gains tax, but at the rate we Tax corporations and while the IRS is at it. Make corporations pay their Taxes no more loop holes. This crap is getting ridiculous and we Americans have no one to blame but ourselves. We allowed Tax money to go to religious schools, we gave in on that one. We allow the president to create a faith base office, we gave in to that on also. Now they want to actually preach politics from the pulpit, but have the nerve to tell politics what laws it cant write all in the name of religious freedom. Question is America are we going to give into this also, and if we do what else are we going to give in to a national religion endorsement?
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psnyder325
Yep, I'm a Socialist. Deal.
06:20 AM on 09/22/2012
The best thing to do is to start taxing churches at the STATE level. Once other states see the money that comes rolling in, they'll start taxing them, too. Then the Feds will follow. There is NO Constitutional guarantee for freedom from taxation for churches.
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psnyder325
Yep, I'm a Socialist. Deal.
06:14 AM on 09/22/2012
Take away their tax exemptions at once. Then work to remove tax exemptions from all churches. Then they can say whatever they want. But *I** should not be forced to support opinions and candidates I find anathema because they get a tax exemption. Now, Obama.....GROW A SET and take away the tax exemption from these right wing shills!
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Chris Harriman
05:28 AM on 09/22/2012
I'll be happy to allow political messages from the pulpit, once the pulpit agrees to start paying taxes.
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Mark Linenberg
My Civil Rights trump your Religious Rites
03:27 AM on 09/22/2012
So tax them. Why do they get a free ride when most other organizations and businesses pay taxes? Their charitable organizations won't have to pay, but if they want a say from the pulpit, then they should not get a free ride and should pay taxes. If they all pay taxes, then the government is not creating a national church, which is what the founding fathers intended. We will not establish a national religion, but we should tax them all.
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tpondering
01:59 AM on 09/22/2012
If I perceive that they have replaced Roman with Republican in the RCC, I am pretty much done with it. I have the book and over 40 years of pretty much the same messages week after week to fall back on. When the message changes from "be like Jesus" to "be like Jesus on these issues and not on others" someone has gotten lost and its not me.
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WhoIsNoOne
What I need is a Micro-Brew-o
11:13 PM on 09/21/2012
I think we should unburdon these preachers from
the schackles of the IRS and the tax code.

Have them pay taxes just like other businesses
Set these people free.....
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Craig 212
Tide goes in, tide goes out.
10:54 PM on 09/21/2012
He's right, it is a head-on constitutional challenge.

Coming from the people who revere the Constitution almost as much as their holy texts.

The hypocrisy is astounding.
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Craig 212
Tide goes in, tide goes out.
10:52 PM on 09/21/2012
"Pulpit Freedom"? I like the sound of that!

I'll be there at 10am Sunday morning to teach the basics of evolutionary biology from your pulpit.
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mmmmikkimac
10:31 PM on 09/21/2012
They just DON'T get it do they? They get a tax exempt status because they keep religion out of govt / politics. The job of a religious leader is to preach the teachings of the faith and saving the souls of those members. They are not to be sticking their noses into politics. If they want to do that, then they need to run for public office. I say if they want to preach politics, let the IRS take away the tax exempt status and pay taxes at the regular rate and preach politics all they want.
12:05 AM on 09/22/2012
I agree. Then we all should run for office and raise their property taxes and they will have to close. Lol
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LightShadow62
The answers are not found in the extremes
10:26 PM on 09/21/2012
Tax churches as what they are, a multi million dollar a year business.
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Quislet
It is a good day. I woke up breathing.
09:19 PM on 09/21/2012
Churches should not be tax exempt, period.
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SenseAndSensitivity
House Science Committee = Flat Earth Society
08:41 PM on 09/21/2012
C'mon. Can we please start taxing churches now?
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Meerrinhuff
08:37 PM on 09/21/2012
The IRS would lose in court,and they know it, so they will punt on this. TJC
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Quislet
It is a good day. I woke up breathing.
09:21 PM on 09/21/2012
Not necessarily. However, I thnk that the sheer number of churches doing this might be why the IRS is not enforcing their rule.
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Craig 212
Tide goes in, tide goes out.
11:00 PM on 09/21/2012
I don't see how the IRS could possibly lose.

No one is hampering the church's freedom of speech. They are more than free to endorse from the pulpit any political candidate they choose, so long as they open up their checkbooks and start paying their taxes.

Nowhere in the constitution does it say that churches have the right to tax-exempt status.
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Meerrinhuff
12:20 AM on 09/22/2012
From the time of the adoption of the Constitution, until 1954, there was no restriction of this type on churches, and they all had tax exempt status, so the 1954 law is an innovation, not originally found in government tax rules. There is no precedent on the side of the law. There is no previous case law that supports the 1954 law. There is every reason to think that the IRS would lose in the courts.
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Janicot
Been to paradise, never been to me...
07:46 PM on 09/21/2012
So, in essence, the participating churches will be doing the same thing they do every Sunday, but this week they'll actually be calling attention to themselves. Because preaching to the choir really makes a big difference in political outcomes, right?