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  •  Well, as long as that's true, I'd support it. (7+ / 0-)

    But some people in the comments here have been arguing for all churches to lose their nonprofit status.

    I've seen black churches, notably under the Bush administration, lose their nonprofit status for being left-wing.

    This has me worried, because I can see conservatives using it on poor and minority churches that are generally left wing, in order to stamp out any opposition to ascendant dominionism.

    An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

    by OllieGarkey on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 07:09:34 AM PDT

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    •  They will anyway. (7+ / 0-)

      Hypocrisy is a basic operating principle for - hell, most politicians.  They'll screw over their "enemies" for doing exactly what they themselves are doing.  Better to level the playing field by eliminating the tax exemption.  That would also eliminate the (IMO, unconstitutional) restriction on free speech.

      I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

      by tle on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 07:19:07 AM PDT

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    •  which churches? (2+ / 0-)
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      I've seen black churches, notably under the Bush administration, lose their nonprofit status for being left-wing.
      Name 'em.
      •  I was 14 and it was during the Bush Administration (1+ / 0-)
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        . I remember speaking with one of the pastors.

        It had to do with the Faith-Based Initiatives system.

        If you want me to send some e-mails, I can do that and get back to you.

        I do remember this happening to some friends of my family. If you can't trust my word on that, I can reach out to my parents and try to dig up the details for you.

        An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

        by OllieGarkey on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 01:18:35 PM PDT

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    •  Really? (0+ / 0-)

      I've heard of very, very, very few churches ever being challenged, let alone losing their exemptions.

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 12:44:05 PM PDT

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    •  You support tax (0+ / 0-)

      exempt status simply because you like their political message?  Isn't that rather hypocritical?  Fair is fair.

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