Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Church v. State

From CNN.com:

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- The Internal Revenue Service has warned a prominent liberal church it could lose its tax-exempt status because of an anti-war sermon a guest preacher gave on the eve of the 2004 presidential election, church officials say.

The Rev. George F. Regas did not urge parishioners at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena to support either President Bush or John Kerry, but he was critical of the Iraq war and Bush's tax cuts.

The IRS warned the church in June that its tax-exempt status was in jeopardy because such organizations are prohibited from intervening in political campaigns and elections.

Interesting. Does criticism of war equate to intervention in political campaigns? If so, I'm curious to know if the churches which actively proselytized for Bush are recieving the same IRS scrutiny?

(courtesy of chud.com)


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