Time To Start Taxing Churches?
A group of right-leaning churches want to officially challenge the ban on political endorsements at the pulpit, and I say go right ahead. And then, when right-leaning Supreme Court overturns the ban, I hope churches are taxed just like any other institution. Fair?
CHICAGO — Declaring that clergy have a constitutional right to endorse political candidates from their pulpits, the socially conservative Alliance Defense Fund is recruiting several dozen pastors to do just that on Sept. 28, in defiance of Internal Revenue Service rules.
The effort by the Arizona-based legal consortium is designed to trigger an IRS investigation that ADF lawyers would then challenge in federal court. The ultimate goal is to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a 54-year-old ban on political endorsements by tax-exempt houses of worship.
“For so long, there has been this cloud of intimidation over the church,” ADF attorney Erik Stanley said. “It is the job of the pastors of America to debate the proper role of church in society. It’s not for the government to mandate the role of church in society.”
Obviously other church organizations see the peril in this and are speaking out about the ADF’s move, but, again, I say let them challenge the separation of church and state. Because I’d like to see how the SCOTUS would rule on this. And then I’d like to see them square a decision in favor of the ADF with not taxing churches.
Simply put, you can’t have it both ways folks.
More as it develops…