Sunday, September 28, 2008

Question of the Day

Today, thirty pastors endorsed candidates for public office from the pulpit. They are engaging in an act of civil disobedience in defiance of the possibility of their churches losing tax exempt status as a consequence. My own thoughts on the subject are here.

Should churches have tax-exempt status?


Rev. Jeremy Smith said...

Not those churches. Any church that endorses politicians or parties should have theirs removed immediately.

But in general? This is one place where I'm a utilitarian: if it keeps churches from endorsing politicians, then yes.

And I wrote about today's idiot pastors here.

gavin richardson said...

i think any church that endorses candidates or political parties by letter of tax law is in violation and should be removed of their status.

The Ironic Catholic said...

Yes, they should. You can advocate for moral principles that should guide society, but endorsing a party or politicians--that crosses the line.

Kansas Bob said...

Difficult one to answer.. some churches definitely are charitable organizations.. but others.. maybe not?