Posts Tagged ‘internal revenue service’

Religion and politics, Religious Right Research

The infamous “C Street house” is back in the news.

A group of clergy in Ohio, aided by a tax lawyer, has written to the Internal Revenue Service today asking the federal tax agency to examine the house’s tax-exempt status as a church.

If you’re just joining us, the C Street house is a structure in Washington, D.C., […] Read More

Church Politicking

Right-wing Web sites have been all atwitter about the Alliance Defense Fund’s “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” that took place Sept. 27, hailing it as a bold exercise in nose-thumbing at the Internal Revenue Service.

According to an ADF press release issued before the event, more than 80 pastors planned to take part in the event. “Some the pastors preaching Sunday […] Read More

Church Politicking

The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has announced it will hold another “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” on Sept. 27.

You might recall that during this event, the Religious Right legal outfit urges pastors to openly break the law by endorsing and/or opposing candidates from the pulpit. The group sponsored the first “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” on Sept. 28, 2008.

Thirty-three churches took part, […] Read More

Church Politicking

Did Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli intend to instruct Catholic congregants on how to vote in his recent essay “A Politician’s Promise: No Right to Life! No Freedom!”?

Heavens no! Where on earth did anyone get that idea?

In case you’re just tuning in, Serratelli, the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, N.J., wrote a screed in the […] Read More

Church Politicking, Election '08, Religious Right Research

If I were a lawyer working for the Alliance Defense Fund, saying my week was off to a bad start would be the biggest understatement of my career.

The prominent Religious Right legal group seems to have landed itself in some deep trouble after spending the last few weeks encouraging churches across the country to violate federal tax law on […] Read More

Church Politicking, Election '08

A Columbus, Ohio, minister has come up with a great idea to counter Religious Right propaganda about churches and partisan politics.

On Sept. 21, the Rev. Eric Williams, senior pastor of North Congregational United Church of Christ, is calling on pastors throughout the country to preach sermons on the importance of church-state separation. The action comes exactly one week ahead […] Read More

Church Politicking

Do churches have the right to violate federal tax law and use the donations of the faithful to engage in partisan politics? Religious Right activists seem to think so, and they’re pressing for a test case in federal court.

According to today’s Wall Street Journal, the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is conspiring with a handful of scofflaw clergy to […] Read More