More than 1,000 pastors are planning to challenge the IRS next month by deliberately preaching politics ahead of the presidential election despite a federal ban on endorsements from the pulpit.
The defiant move, they hope, will prompt the IRS to enforce a 1954 tax code amendment that prohibits tax-exempt organizations, such as churches, from making political endorsements. Alliance Defending Freedom, which is holding the October summit, said it wants the IRS to press the matter so it can be decided in court. The group believes the law violates the First Amendment by “muzzling” preachers.
“The purpose is to make sure that the pastor -- and not the IRS -- decides what is said from the pulpit,” Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the group, told FoxNews.com. “It is a head-on constitutional challenge.”
Stanley said pastors attending the Oct. 7 “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” will “preach sermons that will talk about the candidates running for office” and then “make a specific recommendation.” The sermons will be recorded and sent to the IRS.
Personally I think this is an AWESOME idea! And I hope the IRS reacts by taking their holier than thou asses straight to court!
Let's face it ministers have been preaching politics to the bleating sheep of their congregations for decades anyhow, so why not finally put this to the test?
My fervent desire, and no I have no real expectation that this will happen, is that the government respond to this challenge by passing laws that allow the IRS to rescind the tax exempt status of ALL churches.
Originally the decision not to tax churches was to protect them from government control, but since in today's America is seems that churches are doing everything they can to control government, I say the gloves should be off.
Just IMAGINE for a minute the influx of money the government would immediately have on hand if we started to tax churches. Hell who needs to start taxing the top 1% when Uncle Sam can simply tap into their share of the billions of dollars flowing into churches every week?
P.S. By the way there is at least one church that does pay its way, and it happens to be in Anchorage.