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Pulpit Freedom Sunday: Pastors Challenge IRS Ban On Political Endorsements

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In a matter of days, some 1,400 American pastors are planning to break the law. And they're likely to get away with it. As part of 'Pulpit Freedom Sunday,' on Oct. 7, religious leaders across the country will endorse political candidates -- an act that flies in the face of Internal Revenue Service rules about what tax-exempt organizations, such as churches, can and cannot do. The IRS says tax-exempt organizations, or what they refer to as a 501(c)(3), are prohibited from participating in partisan campaigning for or against political candidates. Yet, despite what's in the rules, the agency continues to struggle to do anything about those who defy the law. Though the regulation has been in place since 1954, in 2009, the U.S. District Court of Minnesota ruled the IRS no longer had the appropriate staff to investigate places of worship after a reorganization changed who in the agency...

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This IRS ruling never has daunted some Southern co... by Dixie Dellinger on Monday, Oct 8, 2012 at 2:13:38 PM
Right on. I believe there is a legitimate basis f... by Amanda Lang on Monday, Oct 8, 2012 at 5:30:06 PM
Tax-exemption for religious institutions is a vio... by Amanda Lang on Monday, Oct 8, 2012 at 5:28:04 PM
This exemption is not only for religious organizat... by BFalcon on Monday, Oct 8, 2012 at 9:01:36 PM
Churches are tax dodges.  DOH!  Not havi... by Lester Shepherd on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 11:28:33 AM
Remember when he tried to control what doctors tol... by terrilian on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 1:41:21 PM
Which bothers you more-- that people say things th... by terrilian on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 12:58:34 PM
What bothers me most? That the human race is stil... by Amanda Lang on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 1:21:09 PM
And so you want to what, punish them?  Fix th... by terrilian on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 1:47:36 PM