HEHE...local church is being investigated by the IRS..ABOUT DAMN TIME
VOTER GUIDES, MARQUEE MESSAGES IRS questions church's activities BY BRENT D. WISTROM AND JOE RODRIGUEZ The Wichita Eagle The IRS has contacted a Wichita church about whether it has violated rules that prohibit churches from engaging in most political activity, the church's pastor said Thursday.
Pastor Mark Holick of Spirit One Christian Center, 1515 E. Harry, said the IRS sent him a letter last month asking him to respond to questions about political activities at the church.
Those activities include the pastor's involvement in distributing voter guides and messages on the church's marquee critical of candidates and their stances on abortion
weed out and point the finger at the bad ones. Everytime some yahoo baptist "minister" gets pissed at his church down here in Mississippi he moves a half mile down the highway and starts his own church and ergo another tax exemption. It should be pretty damned easy to make a case against any church for politicing but all we ever hear about are half hearted investigations. Fuck em. I suggest they get a tax exempt status if they prove they aren't politicing and their actions should be reviewed annually. I would suggest that any hardon I have about religious zealots telling people who to vote for from the pulpit and in a tax exempt status is their responsibility. This is the land of the free, not the land of focus on the family, and I don't think religious zealots get it.
I am religious as well and that's why I stopped going to church cause I was sick and tired of being told who to hate. I believe politics and religion should not mix in this country. Whose religion should trump whose relative to establishing legislation? Should one religion be more important in Washington then another? Is one person's beliefs more important then anothers? I think religious zealots in this country are their own worst enemies. They fail to grasp the concept of our constitution as being a shield to protect all citizens while making every effort to ensure everyone on the planet respects THEIR rights.
14. Don't forget that would force churches to cut back on charitable giving.
Churches have operating expenses that have to be covered and if taxes were added, that could really put a dent in the money available for charity work.
Churches operate soup kitchens, shelters, non-religious programs for kids, such as sports programs, plus giving money, food, and other goods to the poor directly, helping immigrants get settled in the US, offering sanctuary for political refugees, teaching free classes in English as a Second Language, etc.
Taxing churches that don't break the law would have very bad side effects for all those who are helped by church-sponsored programs.
Churches that break the law should lose their tax-exempt status. No question.
looming over the true christians it might give them impetus to police their "own." Churchs should be all about charitable work, not telling me who to hate. Religion and Politics should be two different entities in the land of the free. If those in pulpits want to politic then they can pay the fare
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