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Maryland Congressman Files Lawsuit That Could End Tax-Free Status Of Churches Involved In Politics.

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 6:52 PM August 21, 2013
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The law says to be tax-exempt, churches must be “exclusively” engaged in social welfare. The IRS changed “exclusively” to “primarily”. Now Rep. Chris Van Hollen wants a federal court to take a look.

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NOM Chairman To Testify In GOP-Led House IRS Hearing

by David Badash ● 7:16 PM June 3, 2013
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A Congressional committee on Tuesday will hear testimony from John Eastman, Chair of the National Organization For Marriage. NOM claims the IRS leaked their tax returns .

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NY State Senator Introduces Bill To Strip Boy Scouts Of Tax-Exempt Status

by David Badash ● 6:36 PM May 24, 2013
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A NY state senator has introduced legislation that would strip the Boy Scouts of their tax-exempt status over their refusal to allow gay adults into Scouting.

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Hypocrisy: Low-Tax Groups Should Be Applauding IRS For Doing Exactly What It Was Supposed To Be

by David Badash ● 2:09 PM May 14, 2013
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Low-tax groups like the Tea Party, the GOP, and the RNC should be jumping for joy that the IRS was doing exactly what it was supposed to be doing: ensuring that organizations applying for tax-exempt status actually deserve that status under the law.

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Former Christian Coalition Leader Suggests It’s Time To Tax The Churches

by David Badash ● 1:45 PM February 8, 2013
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Ralph Reed, in a shocking statement from his Faith & Freedom Coalition, is suggesting that taxpayers should not have to fund churches “with untold billions in assets.”

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White House Petition: Strip Tax Exempt Status Of Churches Mixing Religion And Politics

by David Badash ● 9:35 AM November 17, 2012
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The White House is being petitioned to force the IRS to strip churches of their tax exempt status if they are violating the law by mixing religion and politics.

Economics

America Spends $71 Billion Annually Subsidizing Tax-Exempt Religion

by David Badash ● 10:20 AM June 18, 2012
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A new report finds that tax-exempt religious organizations are subsidized by the U.S. government — meaning, you and me — to the tune of $71 billion each year.

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Christian School Hires, Then Fires Teacher Within Hours — For Being Gay

by David Badash ● 10:19 AM June 6, 2012
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A Cincinnati Christian academy hired a music teacher, then called him back in, asked him if he is gay, then fired him, all with hours.

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Romney Wins Endorsement Of Tax-Exempt Catholic Church And NOM, By Proxy

by Scott Rose ● 11:16 AM January 11, 2012
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The Catholic Church is subverting the political purpose of IRS restrictions against tax-exempt organizations endorsing political candidates.

Civil Rights

Prop 8 Lawyers Push To Remove IRS Rules Prohibiting Churches From Campaigning

by David Badash ● 2:50 PM September 13, 2011
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Alliance Defense Fund lawyers who are supporting Prop 8, are beginning a push to force the IRS to end its regulations that prohibit churches from campaigning.

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Rabbis Violate IRS Rules By Campaigning Against Pro-Equality NY Democrat

by David Badash ● 6:52 PM September 9, 2011

NYC Rabbis have issued a letter stating it is a violation of Jewish law to vote for David Weprin, the pro-marriage equality Democrat running in a special election.

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Why The GOP’s Anti-Abortion Bill Is A Tax Hike On Gays And Lesbians

by David Badash ● 4:51 PM February 9, 2011
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The GOP is fighting to enact strong anti-abortion legislation that will be a tax hike for many gay men and lesbians across America.