DISCUSSION: ATHEIST ORG SUES IRS OVER CHURCH POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT

Beliefnet Asks: Was Jesus a Republican of a Democrat?The Freedom from Religion Foundation is a non-theistic organization devoted to the separation of church and state in the US.

Recently the FFRF filed to sue the IRS for not enforcing violations of the tax code committed by a number of religious organizations this past election cycle.  According to current US law: churches, mosques and so on are prohibited from making political statements, such as this one.

Clearly something needs to change.  Simply ignoring clear violations of the law is, and this is an understatement, a dangerous precedent to set.

 So what do you think??

1) Should the IRS enforce the law and fine/arrest priests, imams, etc who make political statements while in their religious roles??  Or

2) Should we simply abolish the law and just tax the Churches, Mosques and Temples??

 

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One Response to DISCUSSION: ATHEIST ORG SUES IRS OVER CHURCH POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT

  1. Druie Cavender says:

    I am a member of FFRF, and am totally supportive of their legal efforts. In response to your question, my first thought was that we should just abolish the law and tax churches; that seems like the more practical solution since that would help solve the budget problems of various cities and states, and might lead to the closing of many churches! But, because I am a firm “believer” (!) in the separation of church and state, the first alternative is ultimately the better one; not only do I want to keep the wall between church and state, I don’t want weak-willed people to be swayed by their church’s opinions on political matters.

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