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    IRS faces lawsuit for failing to enforce church electioneering ban

    The Freedom from Religion Foundation is a 501(c)(3) group that is arguing the IRS is unlawfully favouring church groups. A federal judge has agreed

    IRS faces lawsuit for failing to enforce church electioneering ban

    The Internal Revenue Service was unable to suppress a lawsuit over its failure to audit thousand of churches that allegedly violated federal tax law by engaging in partisan advocacy. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman of the Western District of Wisconsin on Monday denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation against the IRS.

    “If it is true that the IRS has a policy of not enforcing the prohibition on campaigning against religious organizations, then the IRS is conferring a benefit on religious organizations (the ability to participate in political campaigns) that it denies to all other 501(c)(3) organizations, including the Foundation,” Adelman wrote.

    The Internal Revenue Code prohibits tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations, including churches, from intervening or participating in political campaigns on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate.
    more on the suit from the FFRF site

    Response to the ruling from The Christian Post
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    Re: IRS faces lawsuit for failing to enforce church electioneering ban

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    The Freedom from Religion Foundation is a 501(c)(3) group that is arguing the IRS is unlawfully favouring church groups. A federal judge has agreed



    more on the suit from the FFRF site

    Response to the ruling from The Christian Post
    If the government is going to enforce separation of church and state, it should do so. The IRS code for 501 (c)3 prohibits this activity and it should be enforced.

    Given the most recent targeting of 501 (c)4 applicants, which ironically CAN participate in advocating a political activity, it is only reasonable for the court to require them to enforce ALL their regulations.

    Either the regulations mean something, or they don't. Are enforceable, or not. And if they don't and are not, why have them at all; the IRS or the regulations?

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    Re: IRS faces lawsuit for failing to enforce church electioneering ban

    It's about time abuses of religious electioneering ban are addressed. I'm cynical enough to expect the religious lobby is powerful enough to squash this feeble attempt, but it's better than continuing to ignore the blatant law breaking that has gone on for decades.

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    IRS faces lawsuit for failing to enforce church electioneering ban

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    It's about time abuses of religious electioneering ban are addressed. I'm cynical enough to expect the religious lobby is powerful enough to squash this feeble attempt, but it's better than continuing to ignore the blatant law breaking that has gone on for decades.
    And I am cynical enough not to take something like this at fa e value.
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    Re: IRS faces lawsuit for failing to enforce church electioneering ban

    Quote Originally Posted by SMTA View Post
    And I am cynical enough not to take something like this at fa e value.
    What is "fa e value"?
    “And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”
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    Re: IRS faces lawsuit for failing to enforce church electioneering ban

    Quote Originally Posted by SMTA View Post
    And I am cynical enough not to take something like this at fa e value.
    What is religious electioneering? Don't tell me I have to learn another new buzzword!

    Good evening, SMTA.

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    Re: IRS faces lawsuit for failing to enforce church electioneering ban

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    What is religious electioneering? Don't tell me I have to learn another new buzzword!

    Good evening, SMTA.
    Good evening P

    I think it refers to "churches that allegedly violated federal tax law by engaging in partisan advocacy."
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    Re: IRS faces lawsuit for failing to enforce church electioneering ban

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    What is "fa e value"?
    The word 'Face' spelled with big fingers on an iphone keyboard!

    No new code words here.....
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    Re: IRS faces lawsuit for failing to enforce church electioneering ban

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    What is religious electioneering? Don't tell me I have to learn another new buzzword!

    Good evening, SMTA.

    Don't know why you haven't heard about this problem. It has been around for a while

    Pastors pledge to defy IRS, preach politics from pulpit ahead of election

    More than 1,000 pastors are planning to challenge the IRS next month by deliberately preaching politics ahead of the presidential election despite a federal ban on endorsements from the pulpit.

    The defiant move, they hope, will prompt the IRS to enforce a 1954 tax code amendment that prohibits tax-exempt organizations, such as churches, from making political endorsements. Alliance Defending Freedom, which is holding the October summit, said it wants the IRS to press the matter so it can be decided in court. The group believes the law violates the First Amendment by “muzzling” preachers.

    “The purpose is to make sure that the pastor -- and not the IRS -- decides what is said from the pulpit,” Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the group, told FoxNews.com. “It is a head-on constitutional challenge.”

    Read more: Pastors pledge to defy IRS, preach politics from pulpit ahead of election | Fox News
    Basically there is a subset of Christians which demands exemption from taxes that other groups must pay while objecting to an IRS regulation that calls for political neutrality from groups receiving religion-based exemptions.

    Easy solution -- pay your taxes and speak your mind.
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    Re: IRS faces lawsuit for failing to enforce church electioneering ban

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    What is religious electioneering? Don't tell me I have to learn another new buzzword!

    Good evening, SMTA.
    Hey!

    Ack - see post #8!
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