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Remove tax-exempt status for churches that engage in political activity.

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    By law, institutions who are tax exempt, including churches, cannot "participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of ... any candidate for public office." or else that will lose their tax-exempt status. A regulation that hasn't been being enforced. Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code


    Countless videos and at least one event "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" has shown that some churches are in violation of these regulations. A petition has been started to compel the IRS to start enforcing these regulations. Please have a look and sign it if you feel that separation of church and state is important.
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    I think we would it would be remiss not to enforce something that's already on the books of the IRC. We could use the extra income to do any number of things, and it would be nice to see what it meant for groups like The Church of Scientology. My question is, what reason would someone have for opposing this. I would love to see what the opposition argument is for personal reasons.
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    I feel the biggest fear would come from outrage of people saying that the government is trying to interfere with church affairs and violating the First Amendment which ensures separation of church and state while completely ignoring the fact that their church was trying to merge the two in the first place.
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    Yeah, that is pretty much what I figured. I still say fair is fair, and that if they insist on interfering in government then they should have to pay taxes for the privilege. If your congregation is being mobilized as a political body, you are less a church and more a PAC at that point anyway. 
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    I never knew there was a law to keep tax exempted churches from preaching politics.  My question now, is the 700 Club paying taxes?  I’m not a member but I know people who are.  The 700 Club has a news segment, and that Pat guy is always pushing Republican wants, putting down Democrats every move.  The 700 club has most its watchers believing all Moslums are terrorist.  For sure this religious club uses its members to get Republican votes; I am going to be outraged if the 700 Club is tax exempted, they are most likely the largest church in America, with thousands of paying members.  


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    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but yes indeed 700 Club is exempt from taxation. Pat Robertson has for years used the program and his networks to push his self-serving political agenda. I don't mind when you use the media to push your agenda, that's freedom of expression, but when you use MY FAITH to satisfy your own political motives I have to call BS...
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    I so believe that if they are dabbling in the political field then they have set themselves our of where they should be. If they are that impotant  then they can should be adapt at folloqing
    the laws as they are written. Most churches are not into this. The ones that have gotten to big and are telling  presidents  (Bush)  what to do then OH YES they need to be doing what is just , This is a real touchy subject with me. I work hard for I have and have a real issue with people telling when I can and can not do because it is not what they believe. Do what is needed to protect our country. Obama has tried hard to improve our nation. The Republicans got us here and now want to place blame on him. When Bush took office we were in NO defficet at all. Then we he came out of office  OH BOY!! But they continue to block him on all ends to not get us out.  If the church would stay out of this as they have  done there best to make sure there is nothing left of God in the political world. This is another issue we have in this nation.  This is another subject.   So to state if the church wants to dabble they should have to pay like everyone else.
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    FrancisXKennedy Wrote: I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but yes indeed 700 Club is exempt from taxation. Pat Robertson has for years used the program and his networks to push his self-serving political agenda. I don't mind when you use the media to push your agenda, that's freedom of expression, but when you use MY FAITH to satisfy your own political motives I have to call BS...


    I so agree he should not be on the air much less as I stated below telling the president (Bush) how to run this country. I call big BS on that. 
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    Yes ma'am they are EXEMPT. I beleive that he should not be able to talk about politics. This may sound like I do not believe in freedom of speech. I do very much but when you use it for the wrong reasons it is just plaiin wrong. Pat Robinson in my opinion is not a good person. He spews hisbeliefs to many that Knows follows him and his every word, Then takes money from poor elderly people and that is truely what bothers me.
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    It is clear the IRS has a top manager that is a Republican, in order for Pat to get away with his bs.

    For sure the 700 Club should have to pay taxes, it is clear Pat is a Republican and pushes his Republican beliefs alongside his money wanting religious beliefs. 

    I have watched the program, after being pressured to do so by one of the foolish members, that member being a family member; I gave the show a chance.  I saw right away what Pat was about, spewing his Republican ideas, along with his give to me-get from God ideas.  I almost threw up when I saw some single mother on food stamps telling her story of God/Pat’s grace.  Even though she had no money for food, she paid her dues to the 700 Club and God pleased her for that.  Give me a break, what kind of idiots believe giving money to Pat will get you stuff from God?  Too many unfortunately!  Hate to say it, but God himself never appointed Pat or any other church the money collector for God.  Religions talk about tides, for one simple reason, to use God’s name in vain to collect money from their foolish victims. 
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    united,

    Do you know for a fact that "the IRS has a top manager that is a Republican"?

    The 700 Club has probably always been tax exempt through several Republican AND Democratic administrations.

    Are you saying that the IRS has ALWAYS had a "top manager that is a Republican" as long as the 700 Club has existed? 

    Or are you just making assumptions?
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    fenway,

    Since there is only two political parties, there is a very good chance the IRS has several top managers that are Republicans, if not all of them, since the Republicans do benefit the top earners of America.  But no I never took the time to investigate to see who in the IRS is or isn’t a Republican, I am guessing they do have some Tea Partiers maybe? 
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    united,

    "Since there is only two political parties, there is a very good chance the IRS has several top managers that are Republicans, if not all of them..."

    Doesn't that mean that there is about a 50% chance that every "top manager" is a Democrat?

    I would guess that there are Democrats AND Republicans in the "top manager" positions at the IRS, and probably have been since the 700 Club has been around.

    Your sentence that "It is clear the IRS has a top manager that is a Republican..." just seems a little presumptuous.

    I do not care for Robertson or the IRS but just wonder how you come up with that conclusion.
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    Since it is listed as a religious/non-profit organization, it has always filed tax-exempt status since it's beginning. It's doesn't matter who the head-banana at Revenue is, several "prosperity ministers" like Pat were investigated by the Senate over the past few years. Furthermore, being myself a Democrat, I have not seen a call to action by the party as a whole on this issue. I don't think that either party is eager to really do anything about this touchy issue anytime soon.
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    Francis,

    I agree.

    No matter who is in charge, or what their party affiliation, they would risk alienating a whole BUNCH of people if they tried to mess with the tax exempt status of the 700 Club or ANY "religious" organization.

    All religious/non profit organizations should be non political, but as we have seen that is not always the case.

    I do believe that the majority of churches and religious organizations ARE non political. 

    It only takes a few bad examples to tarnish the entire group.