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  •  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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    •  I'd like to know who (2+ / 0-)
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      because I have been following this issue carefully since 2000 and never heard of this. The Faith-Based Initiative was established by George Bush to funnel social services money to churches. I think you misunderstand what it was.

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      by anastasia p on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 03:08:58 PM PDT

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      •  there is only one church that has EVER (5+ / 0-)

        lost its tax exempt status for politicking, and that was a far right wing church where Operation Rescue leader Randall Terry was a prominent member. (The Church at Pierce Creek had taken out full page ads in newspapers against Bill Clinton).

        Lots of churches have been investigated over the years -- many for good reason.  Everyone but one was either cleared or received a warning.  We could say that more churches merited sanctions of various sorts, but that is different than saying that Black churches or lefty churches at all, have lost their tax exemptions over politics.  I have followed these things for years and have not heard of a single instance.  If anyone has info to educate me, I would welcome that.

      •  Okay, I'll look into this, and let you know. (1+ / 0-)
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        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 03:27:19 PM PDT

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    •  you're thinking of a SF church that was (0+ / 0-)

      entirely white and also prevailed in keeping its exemption (All Saints Episcopal, IIRC)

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