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  •  I suspect that taxing churches for getting (0+ / 0-)

    political would not survive a First Amendment challenge.  

    Exercising first amendment rights or not should not impact taxes due.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:47:33 PM PST

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    •  It has survived so far. (0+ / 0-)
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        The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

        by nextstep on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 01:32:47 PM PST

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      •  Has it actually been challenged in court? (n/t) (0+ / 0-)

        "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

        by JamesGG on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 01:34:05 PM PST

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          It's clear that the requirements of Section 501(c)(3) apply to churches, even if those requirements violate sincerely held religious beliefs.  Thus Bob Jones University loses its tax exempt status for racially discrimintory policies, even if those racially discriminatory policies are religious beliefs that are otherwise protected under the First Amendment, because a Section 501(c)(3) organization may not violate established public policy as a requirement of exemption.

          There are some other cases that specifically say that church exemption is not a matter of right, but of legislative grace.

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