Report: IRS Shouldn’t Ban Clergy Endorsements

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A commission of faith leaders is calling for an end to the IRS ban on clergy endorsements of political candidates. In a report to Senator Charles Grassley, the group said the regulation infringes on free speech. Under the current policy, houses of worship that openly back candidates risk losing their tax-exempt status. The group Americans United for Separation of Church and State urged Congress to keep the ban and enforce it.

  • Joseph Bloch

    No link to the report? No mention even of the name of the group that did the report? This is all we get?

  • oyesalways

    The link is the words “clergy endorsements” in the paragraph above. Click on that and you get the full article.

  • oyesalways

    I have to say I agree with the IRS on this one. Religious leaders should not publicly endorse political candidates. I am a Baha’i. Individually we should be responsible and active citizens of our country, voting our consciences and expressing our opinions on how our government could better serve the needs of the people; except we do not join political parties they are divisive:

    “With political questions the clergy … have nothing to do! Religious matters should not be confused with politics in the present state of the world (for their interests are not identical). Religion concerns matters of the heart, of the spirit, and of morals. Politics are occupied with the material things of life. Religious teachers should not invade the realm of politics; they should concern themselves with the spiritual education of the people; they should ever give good counsel to men, trying to serve God and human kind; they should endeavor to awaken spiritual aspiration, and strive to enlarge the understanding and knowledge of humanity, to improve morals, and to increase the love for justice. This is in accordance with the Teaching of Bahá’u’lláh. In the Gospel also it is written, ‘Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things which are God’s’.” – Baha’i Writings (see http://www.bahai.us for more info)