IRS should enforce ban on politics in the pulpit

  • Article by: Los Angeles Times Editorial
  • Updated: September 10, 2013 - 9:03 PM

Churches and other nonprofits long have been forbidden from endorsing political candidates. But erratic enforcement of the law has emboldened supporters of legislation in Congress that would end the restriction. Far from needing to be repealed, the ban on politics in the pulpit ought to be enforced more aggressively.

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hermajestySep. 10, 1310:29 PM

Churches should stick to principles, not parties or candidates. Whether it's a fundamentalist megachurch with pamphlets on the back table telling the members who the approved candidates are or a black church where a presidential candidate speaks, churches should avoid endorsing specific parties or candidates.

Saying "We're against war" or "We're against abortion" is one thing, but saying, "If you don't vote for Joe Blow, you're not a good member of our faith" is stepping over the line.

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garelockSep. 11, 13 2:23 PM

The government is forbidden to interfere in religion,so mind your own business.

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charlzmartelSep. 11, 13 2:26 PM

By eliminating tax exemption for religious institutions you would eliminate the ability of the government, via the IRS, to control what is said in the pulpit. THAT is not a bad thing,

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jd55604Sep. 11, 13 3:13 PM

I'd prefer to see a ban on the IRS.

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davehougSep. 11, 13 3:46 PM

Allow endorsement from the pulpit and I will be sure to start the church-of-Dave to elect Dave. After all, tax-exempt is a lot better than all those complicated forms and checks to the IRS :) (said with attempted humor).

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patriotrightSep. 11, 13 5:24 PM

The income tax, all exemptions, and the IRS as we know it should be abolished. Taxes should be collected anonymously such as through the Fair Tax[sales tax]. All groups should be free to speak whatever.

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dhenkelsSep. 12, 1311:57 AM

"garelock - The government is forbidden to interfere in religion,so mind your own business." - Great, sure they are, but they aren't forbidden from taxing them. They have a tax exemption, if they are going to speak politically they should pay taxes just like other businesses that endorse candidates.

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