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2013-01-11 09:44:53 AM  
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What the law says that a church can't endorse political candidates. They can take stands on issues.

Pastors can endorse candidates but not in the context of their official duties i.e. they can endorse on their own time but not from the pulpit or while expressing the official view of their church.

The same goes for people associated with most non-religious non-profit, tax-exempt organizations as well.
2013-01-11 09:52:16 AM  
2 votes:
Subby, everything is OK as long as it's your side of the argument. That's how politics works.
2013-01-11 09:42:39 AM  
2 votes:
It's always been okay for black churches to be political.
2013-01-11 09:11:39 AM  
2 votes:

dletter: I didn't think political "issues" were off limits, I thought just supporting political candidates were.

I mean, being "Pro-Life" is certainly a "political issue" as well then, and certainly most churches speak out about that.



True. I think it's also important to remember that churches were the major organizing foci of things like abolitionism and the civil rights movement.
2013-01-11 08:54:31 AM  
2 votes:
I didn't think political "issues" were off limits, I thought just supporting political candidates were.

I mean, being "Pro-Life" is certainly a "political issue" as well then, and certainly most churches speak out about that.
2013-01-11 01:14:11 PM  
1 votes:

jigger: I don't get it. So they don't pay taxes. Forcing them to pay taxes would violate the first amendment. So what if they endorse candidates? Prohibiting them from doing so violates the first amendment.


Forcing churches to pay taxes doesn't violate the first amendment. The first amendment says that no religion can be given more or less creedence than any other by the government. So tax all churches the same way, it's not a problem.
2013-01-11 01:06:02 PM  
1 votes:
More divisive tactics by the white house.

We truly are a country in shambles.

As a side note. Every time I hear a politician talk about the 2nd amendment, and hunting together in one sentence... it becomes clear that they have an agenda and are misrepresenting the 2nd amendment.

the 2nd amendment has NOTHING to do with hunting. It has EVERYTHING to do with us, the "free" people of the US.. having the RIGHT to defend ourselves from a corrupt government who is overstepping their bounds as laid out in the constitution.

The constitution is just a pesky piece of paper that is getting in the way of their plans for tyranny.
Obama has bad mouthed the law of our land on several occasions. If a Republican had bad mouthed the constitution, they would be strung up.

The media is in the Democrats pockets.
2013-01-11 11:23:29 AM  
1 votes:
White House gun plan: An end run around the NRA

Is this the link or did the link change? If so, when did the NRA become a agency that the White House was supposed to clear things with?
2013-01-11 11:10:05 AM  
1 votes:
I don't get it. So they don't pay taxes. Forcing them to pay taxes would violate the first amendment. So what if they endorse candidates? Prohibiting them from doing so violates the first amendment.
2013-01-11 10:30:55 AM  
1 votes:
It's only OK if it serves Democratic party interests.
2013-01-11 10:13:29 AM  
1 votes:
Wait, now it's OK to get priests and pastors to influence their flocks on a political issue?

Anybody with any knowledge of American History woudl know that it has always been "OK" People just tend to get their panties in a wad when the influence is not in the direction they desire. The abolishionist movenment, prohibtion, civil rights movement etc.

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2013-01-11 09:56:36 AM  
1 votes:
Considering most people in America are religious and derive their morals from the church discussing public policy that is very much steeped in morality issues with the heads of those organizations makes sense.

Yanno... 0booger isn't an atheist and he's never bashed christianity... no matter how much you would all like to scream otherwise to suit your manipulative, slanderous agendas.
2013-01-11 09:53:29 AM  
1 votes:
There is a world of difference between a church having a position on a cultural issue that happens to be politically divisive and a church endorsing a specific candidate for office. There isn't much difference here from church's feeding hungry people or sending aid to other nations. Church and State work together.

Besides, I'm looking forward to hearing religious leaders support the NRA - because if there was one thing that Jesus was all about, it was arming yourself and being willing to harm your fellow man...
2013-01-11 09:46:36 AM  
1 votes:

dletter: I didn't think political "issues" were off limits, I thought just supporting political candidates were.

I mean, being "Pro-Life" is certainly a "political issue" as well then, and certainly most churches speak out about that.


This guy gets it
2013-01-11 09:40:58 AM  
1 votes:
Sure, if they pay taxes on the building
2013-01-11 08:42:37 AM  
1 votes:
As a show of good faith, I think Obama should order the Secret Service to be disarmed.
 
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