Tax Exemption

Campaigning for Candidates from the Pulpit is a Bad Idea

Campaigning for Candidates from the Pulpit is a Bad Idea

As it now stands, churches and charities are welcome to speak truth to power on the issues that matter – from opposing human trafficking, to lobbying for workplace accommodation for religious employees, to pursuing justice. Religious organizations just cannot support or oppose particular candidates or political parties. This is a good thing.


ANALYSIS: Bishops Claim Religious Liberty Under Assault

The Church can assert its right speak in the the public square, but it should not assume power it does not have in order to force the rest of society to follow its lead.


Druidry to be classed as religion in Britain (BBC)

EXCERPT: UNITED KINGDOM — Druidry is to become the first pagan practice to be given official recognition as a religion [in Britain]. The Charity Commission has accepted that druids' worship of natural spirits could be seen as religious activity. The Druid Network's charitable status entitles it to tax breaks, but the organisation says it does not earn enough to benefit […]


Washington House of Representatives Attempts to Facilitate Union Take-Over of Religious Child Care Centers

Washington House of Representatives Attempts to Facilitate Union Take-Over of Religious Child Care Centers

By Michael D. Peabody – So what's the biggest threat to religious liberty? According to J. Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, the answer is found in the strings attached to government funding of religious activity. Earlier this month, during a speech for the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, Walker said, “What the government funds, it always regulates. Government-sponsored religion is always bad for religion. How can we raise a prophetic fist with one hand and take government money with the other?”

The truth of Walker's statement was underscored just last week when the Washington State House of Representatives passed HB 1329, now working its way through the state Senate, that cleared the way for unionization of private and most non-profit child care centers if they take government subsidies for as little as one child, and even declares the centers' employees “government employees” for the purposes of unionization.


Obama Sets Off a Debate on Ties Between Religion and Government (NY Times)

Religion and the politics are experiencing an interesting mix this election season.  Peter Steinfels, of the New York Times, explores this mix in the following article: From the New York Times By Peter Steinfels Published: July 5, 2008 On Tuesday, Senator Barack Obama did his best to reclaim for Democrats the idea of partnerships between government and grass-roots religious groups […]


NEWS / ANALYSIS: Obama to expand Bush's faith based charities and support their right to hire/fire based on faith (AP)

Jennifer Loven of the Chicago AP bureau reports today that Barack Obama is announcing plans to expand the amount of federal social service funding that will be going to religious organizations that provide services to their local communities. CHICAGO (AP) – Reaching out to evangelical voters, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is announcing plans that would expand President Bush's program […]


Take Money, Lose Faith – Seven Catholic Schools turned into public schools in Washington DC (Maryland Daily Record)

Charles C. Haynes points out the trap that religious schools can fall into if they decide to take government money.  For those of you who study the tight bonds between money and religious freedom, this story is a must-read. – Editor EXCERPT: CHARLES C. HAYNES Special to The Daily Record June 27, 2008 On June 16, seven Roman Catholic schools […]


Dobson says Obama has "fruitcake interpretation" of the Constitution and is distorting Bible; still won't vote for McCain

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – In a soon-to-be-aired episode of his non-profit, tax-exempt radio program "Focus on the Family," Dr. James Dobson accuses Barack Obama of pandering to the "lowest common demoninator of morality" with his "fruitcake interpretation" of the U.S. Constitution and distortion of the Bible. "Am I required in a democracy to conform my efforts in the political arena […]


Pastors Challenge the IRS: Using the Pulpit to Promote Candidates

During this hotly contested election year, some church pastors are deliberately promoting candidates, knowing that the Internal Revenue Service could remove their tax-exempt status as the result. In Minnesota, Pastor Gus Booth, of the Warroad Community Church, not only promoted a candidate, but wrote to the Internal Revenue Service, told them what he was doing, and dared them to investigate.  […]