IRS shouldn't ban clergy endorsements, panel says

There are 20 comments on the USA Today story from Aug 15, 2013, titled IRS shouldn't ban clergy endorsements, panel says. In it, USA Today reports that:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The federal government has no business punishing pastors for what they preach, says a high-profile commission that is calling for the IRS to dump a 1954 policy barring clergy from endorsing NASHVILLE, Tenn.

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“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#1 Aug 15, 2013
Bogus story.

Clergy aren't banned from endorsing anyone; the IRS rules simply say if they CHOOSE to exercise their free speech right to endorse a political candidate, then they can lose their SPECIAL TAX EXEMPT STATUS.

No one is banned from saying anything. But just like ALL speech, what you say can have consequences.

No special rights for clergy.
Sterkfontein Swartkrans

Pennington, NJ

#2 Aug 15, 2013
If fundietards want to engage in politics let them pay taxes. All churches should be taxed!

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#3 Aug 15, 2013
The IRS needs to be punished.
SHUT IT DOWN, NOW.
See the Light

El Paso, TX

#4 Aug 15, 2013
IRS is simply doing what Obama orders. Obama's true colors are showing. He is a Dictator. Hollywood is finally seeing him for what Republicans knew from the start.

Since: Feb 08

Hypoluxo Fl

#5 Aug 15, 2013
Eighthman wrote:
The IRS needs to be punished.
SHUT IT DOWN, NOW.
You need to punish yourself. Take the gaspipe now.
Eleanor

Mundelein, IL

#6 Aug 15, 2013
The agreement is that churches can keep their TAX FREE status SO LONG AS they stay OUT of politics.

Want to get involved in politics?? Then throw away your tax exemption.

Plain and simple.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#7 Aug 15, 2013
See the Light wrote:
IRS is simply doing what Obama orders. Obama's true colors are showing. He is a Dictator. Hollywood is finally seeing him for what Republicans knew from the start.
Pssst, the policy has been in effect since 1954; instituted under a REPUBLICAN President Eisenhower.
Eleanor

Mundelein, IL

#8 Aug 15, 2013
"Under the Internal Revenue Code, all IRC section 501(c)(3) organizations, including churches and religious organizations, are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made by or on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise tax."

“Tax guide for Churches and Religious Organizations
benefits and responsibilities under the federal tax law”

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p1828.pdf

Page 7
See the Light

El Paso, TX

#9 Aug 15, 2013
WeTheSheeple wrote:
<quoted text>
Pssst, the policy has been in effect since 1954; instituted under a REPUBLICAN President Eisenhower.
So your'e telling me in 1954 they were told to spy on the Tea Party?

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#10 Aug 15, 2013
See the Light wrote:
<quoted text>So your'e telling me in 1954 they were told to spy on the Tea Party?
The topic is the IRS ban on clergy endorsements to maintain their tax-exempt status, which has been on the books since 1954.

“Happiness comes through giving”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#11 Aug 15, 2013
See the Light wrote:
<quoted text>So your'e telling me in 1954 they were told to spy on the Tea Party?
In 1954 a tea party was a group of Brits getting together at 4 P.M. Today's Tea Party would have been thrown out with the empty teabags.

It should be simple. No group with a political agenda should receive tax exempt status, not right, left, or religious. All that does is saddle the rest of us with a higher tax burden.
barry

Rainsville, AL

#12 Aug 15, 2013
WeTheSheeple wrote:
Bogus story.
Clergy aren't banned from endorsing anyone; the IRS rules simply say if they CHOOSE to exercise their free speech right to endorse a political candidate, then they can lose their SPECIAL TAX EXEMPT STATUS.
No one is banned from saying anything. But just like ALL speech, what you say can have consequences.
No special rights for clergy.
a bold statement without documentation.

“Happiness comes through giving”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#13 Aug 15, 2013
barry wrote:
<quoted text>a bold statement without documentation.
Sheeple's statement is documented in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#14 Aug 15, 2013
WeTheSheeple wrote:
Bogus story.
Clergy aren't banned from endorsing anyone; the IRS rules simply say if they CHOOSE to exercise their free speech right to endorse a political candidate, then they can lose their SPECIAL TAX EXEMPT STATUS.
No one is banned from saying anything. But just like ALL speech, what you say can have consequences.
No special rights for clergy.
I wonder if Reverend Wright still has his tax exempt status. Probably not.
barry

Rainsville, AL

#15 Aug 15, 2013
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>Sheeple's statement is documented in the First Amendment to the Constitution.
you're so lame. what kind of an answer was that? where was the documentation that says anything about the lose of tax exempt status?
Eleanor

Mundelein, IL

#16 Aug 16, 2013
barry wrote:
<quoted text>you're so lame. what kind of an answer was that? where was the documentation that says anything about the lose of tax exempt status?
See Post #8 above. Explains about losing tax exempt status for churches that choose to become politically active.
A Sharpton

New Salem, ND

#17 Aug 16, 2013
See Post #14 above, it explains how it actually works.
See the Light

El Paso, TX

#21 Aug 18, 2013
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>In 1954 a tea party was a group of Brits getting together at 4 P.M. Today's Tea Party would have been thrown out with the empty teabags.
It should be simple. No group with a political agenda should receive tax exempt status, not right, left, or religious. All that does is saddle the rest of us with a higher tax burden.
I thought Dems liked to pay higher taxes, you always say that anyway.

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#22 Aug 18, 2013
See the Light wrote:
<quoted text>So your'e telling me in 1954 they were told to spy on the Tea Party?
And Obama told the IRS to do that?

you have proof of this?

you really need to start living in the real world...

Since: Mar 11

St. Croix valley

#23 Aug 18, 2013
barry wrote:
<quoted text>a bold statement without documentation.
if you want documentation, read your constitution and the IRS tax laws.

no ban of free speech of clergy in any way shape or form.

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