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  •  the power to tax (4+ / 0-)

    is the power to tax. The absolute definition of secularism would be that any religious institution is a non-profit, and would be taxed accordingly. The religious test would be that no specific non-profit could be given special tax exemptions that others do not.

    A hate group can be non-profit. I do not have a problem with that, as long as they follow the tax laws as they are written. Religious exemptions need not apply, as they should not actually exist. They have the freedom to speak as they will, as much as I disagree with the message.

    What we are really talking about here is the FTC, and FTC rules, and their disturbing lack of teeth in enforcement, and disturbing lack of action in even putting forth any sorts of rules. The FTC really should not be using IRS categories to figure out which set of rules to apply, it should be using its own definitions of what is political and what is not, what is partisan and what is not, and so forth, and it really should be setting real consequences for those that violate the rules it sets. This is not being done, and is unlikely to happen without legislation... and a new supreme court.

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