IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches

Be concerned … Urgently concerned. IRS makes deal with atheist group to monitor Christian sermons for content.  — Albert Mohler

Atheists demand IRS monitor sermons and report those that speak out on abortion and same-sex marriage because, apparently, that church isn’t allowed to talk about those subjects, or anything else political, as it violates their tax exempt status.

Yet another attempt to silence Christians. Scripture addresses these issues, and one would (logically) conclude that it is reasonable for us to address them.

Read more here:

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/073114-711290-irs-deal-with-atheists-to-monitor-churches.htm#ixzz39B2CuOyf

 
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7 thoughts on “IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches

  1. This is incorrectly reported. The FFRF doesn’t care if sermons talk about abortion or same-sex marriages, at all. The FFRF is only concerned with sermons that campaign for or against specific political candidates. It is illegal for tax-exempt non-profits to engage in such campaigning, and the IRS has been lax in enforcing this law, when it comes to Churches.

    • Do you have any (other) links to show otherwise? Perhaps stating the FFRF’s real issue: solely endorsing political candidates? Has the IRS been lax in enforcing this law when it comes to liberal (and secular) non-profits supporting candidates, as well? I ask that question sincerely. It seems to be popular nowadays for the IRS to pick on the conservative and religious and yet not the liberal or secular.

      • Here’s a link to the FFRF’s press release on the issue. Notice that they make no mention of abortion or same-sex marriages. Their only concern is illegal politicking from the pulpit. According to the tax code, that simply entails tax-exempt non-profits actively supporting or opposing specific candidates or parties.

        http://ffrf.org/news/news-releases/item/20968-ffrf-irs-settle-suit-over-church-politicking

        Incidentally, the FFRF does have a separate ongoing suit against the IRS for other preferential treatment given to Churches regarding filing fee and Form 990 exemptions.

        http://ffrf.org/legal/challenges/ongoing-lawsuits/#id-16705

        Also, thanks for checking out my blog! I always appreciate any readership and input I can get!

      • The first article you linked said that “political activity” should not be permitted by non-prof. organizations. That could mean anything like talking about same-sex marriage and the abortion issue. FFRF didn’t say specifically that they were concerned with the endorsement of candidates; nor did they, in this letter, define what “political activity” means. Who defines “political activity?” FFRF? The IRS? The Churches? Is our blogging about, or simply mentioning, these issues “political activity?” What about our in-person conversations? If a pastor was to tell some of his congregants where he stood on matters in a small group setting should the church be stripped of tax exempt status? It seems that the FFRF means “political activity” in the broadest sense, which doesn’t contradict the article that I had originally posted.

        I will check out the second article.

        You’re welcome! I found the story about Pythagoras’ boxing really interesting. And in regards to your blog, as a whole, I enjoyed browsing through several links. I am not well-versed in mathematics, in the philosophical sense, but I do enjoy trying my hand at thinking through subjects I am not familiar with.

        I must say that I too am thankful for your input. I enjoy the dialogue.

      • The FFRF was specifically referring to illegal politicking by 501(c)(3) organizations. Here’s a good article of do’s and don’ts for nonprofit political activity.

        http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/limits-political-campaigning-501c3-nonprofits-29982.html

        Small Groups might or might not fall under this, depending on whether they are sponsored and organized directly by the church. However, personal conversation would not be governed by these laws. Only actions which actively represent the Church’s organization– sermons, official flyers or tracts, radio broadcasts, and the like.

        I’m also enjoying the dialogue! Thanks, again!

      • I’ll check out the link. Here are a series of questions: Do you think organizations like Sunday Assembly or the North Texas Church of Freethought should receive tax exempt status for their (non) religious views? As a matter of fact, I know (not personally, but seen some online) some Churches of Freethought do receive such tax exemptions (which is why I am puzzled at why atheists get upset about religious orgs. receiving tax exemptions: atheist “churches” get them too!). Should freethinker churches avoid “political activity?”

      • Any organization that files for 501(c)(3) tax exemption should obey the laws regarding their political activity. This includes churches, “freethinker” and humanist organizations, charities, educational societies, social clubs, and every other 501(c)(3).

        Churches aren’t tax exempt because they are churches. They are tax exempt because they are 501(c)(3)’s. If a church does not want to file for 501(c)(3) tax exemption, I fully support their right to espouse any political speech they like. However, if they do want that tax exemption, they should follow the laws that govern it, like any other 501(c)(3).

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