IRS Lies To Churches About Political Activities

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Pastors meeting in Washington were warned by officials from the Internal Revenue Service that there are some political activities that could jeopardize their churches’ tax-exempt status. IRS regional manager Peter Lorenzetti told the Faith Leaders Summit that that pastors in their official capacity are not permitted to endorse or oppose candidates, campaign for them, or make contributions to their campaigns. Pastors can, as private citizens, do these things.


The First Amendment does not prohibit churches from speaking out on any issue including political ones, even if they are tax exempt. The amendment is so clear that liberals almost never cite it:

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.

Rob Boston, Assistant Director of Communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Assistant Editor of Church & State magazine, engages in similar constitutional fiction: “A church cannot link or direct people to an organization telling people how to vote. . . . All nonprofits, including churches, cannot endorse or oppose candidates. The IRS does warn nonprofits about linking to campaign-related websites.”

To prohibit a church from linking to any site for any reason is a violation of the First Amendment. Notice that the First Amendment gives everybody, churches included, the right to speak about religion, write about religion, congregate about religion, and “petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

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  1. Then WHY did Holder, the head of the Department of Justice, speak to Black church pastors to teach them how to avoid trouble? Sounds like a racist heads up to his pals.

    ,,,,cannot endorse any candidate???? yeah right. At least for majority white churches. Its OK with the DOJ for the pastors to endorse O though.
    (Churches should not be black churches and white churches. Children of God are Children of God.)

    Hope and Change became Hoax and Chains! IMHO

  2. Edwardkoziol says:

    Go against the annoited one and he will send holder of the black panthers and the IRS after you.Since Barry is a muslim churches don't mean anything to him.He only pretends to be a christian.

  3. Check out IRS 508(c)1A. Churches don't need this to be tax exempt.

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