The Stealth Hippopotamus: Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: It's estimated that one to three justices will retire, so you're right on that front. No hard evidence as of yet, but it's assumed that he's going to get a couple more picks. However there is evidence that he would pick liberal justices, considering he's had two picks already and they were more like Ginsburg than Scalia.Scalia is going to wait to see how 2014 turns out but either way he's out after that.Just my guess only
halfof33: My recollection is that the US Supreme Court invalidated the IRS's audit procedures
jso2897: halfof33: There appears to be a profound misunderstanding about what the First Amendment says.It says:Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.The power to tax is the power to destroy, which interferes with the free exercise and the power to regulate what is said from the Pulpit also interferes with the freedom of speech.So, if any tax is levied on anybody, their right to free speech is being abridged? I mean, the last time I checked, I'm free to say or print or paint or sing whatever I want. But I still have to pay my taxes. Are you saying I have no freedom of speech because I have to pay taxes?Now, if the government offered me a special deal, like churches get, where I didn't have to pay taxes if I agreed to restrict my speech in certain ways, I would either reject the deal, or, if I accepted it, I'd honor it.
Lenny_da_Hog: It's just that your party really sucks at keeping church and state separate.
CapeFearCadaver: kronicfeld: I don't know that I want to see a precedent set whereby one can sue the government for its exercise of prosecutorial discretion.It's blatantly and publically breaking the law. If any of us were to do the same we'd be toast.
LasersHurt: peeledpeas: I am a bit baffled as to why churches and other religious entities must give up their First Amendment right to freedom of speech simply because they are a non-profit. Does non-profit mean they have to be silent? If so, doesn't that mean every non-profit must be politically silenced? Or is it because they are religious? Is it proper, ethical or legal to silence someone simply because they are exempt from taxes? Is this some sort of pay-off to keep them silent? Don't give me that "separation of church and state" myth either because the concept cannot exist in reality in a country that supposedly has freedom of speech.Freedom of speech is a function of human rights. The individuals who make up the church are free to speak as they wish.The church, itself, is a non-human entity and should be appropriately dealt with under the law.
TrollingForColumbine: My wife is Israeli (and Jewish) she is not comfortable voting in a christian church.
hugram: Delawheredad: hugramThe IRS should go after the obvious offenders. If they did nothing wrong, then they have nothing to worry aboutSo you are in favor of selective enforcement.Sorry everyone is equal under the law. You can't enforce laws for one set of folks and ignore them for others. If you sue one church you have to sue everyone who violates the law, a practically impossible task.For the record, I'm an atheist so I would have no problem if every church lost their exempt status, but I understand a lot of churches do good things. I'm not pushing for all of them to lose their exempt status... just the ones that violate the IRS rule.Having said that, I wish the IRS would go after a church... any church that broke the rule. They have not gone after anybody, and that's an issue many people have, including me.Ideally, I would like the IRS to go after all churches that broke the law, but one would be a great start.
colon_pow: the IRS is a hero?wait till they come for you.
Dimensio: If Scalia retires, I expect Thomas to retire immediately afterward due to no longer knowing how to rule.
Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Doesn't matter. Even if a church ran the most transparently political campaign in history, the IRS wouldn't go near it with a ten-foot pole. You want to see the "war on religion" rhetoric amp up to eleven? You remove the tax exempt status of even one church, and you will see old people of all races rioting as fast as their Rascal scooters will let them. It would make the Tea Party seem like a fond memory with how much derp it would create.
EatHam: Weaver95: if the law wasn't broken, then the pastors will have a chance to prove that fact. I'm not sure that you're placing the burden of proof properly.
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