Posted 11 October 2012 - 10:12 AM
Batrochides, on 10 October 2012 - 05:43 PM, said:
If churches in general were to lose their tax-exempt status, then it will be presumed that they will have to exert themselves far more than at present to raise funds to pay federal taxes, which in turn would mean a good many poorer parishes would go bankrupt or seized in consequence of their inability to meet their tax obligations...something that I would expect from China's government, not America's.
Is the average member of this board likely to be incensed by certain churches of certain denominations endorsing candidates of rightist views, but would be willing to ignore other churches of other denominations publicly supporting candidates of leftist views?
A priest or minister exhorting his parishioners to vote for a particular candidate may be of very dubious taste, but I'm leery of the Federal government having its agents snoop on religious services with the aim of effectively punching the ticket of pastors whom they believe are violating restrictions on speech.
It's not the leftist churches telling parishioners how to vote if they want to avoid the fires of hell. I would be disgusted with them if they did, but they simply don't. And that's one of the things that the evangelical fundamentalists sneer at them for.
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