Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Politics and morality

The IRS has ruled that churches have a perfect right to comment on the moral implications of the positions politicians take on issues:
.... Short of endorsing a particular candidate or spending substantial portions of their nonprofit budgets on legislative lobbying, ministers and their churches are free to engage in political acts on behalf of moral values, the IRS said. Clergy are also free to encourage their congregations' members to get out the vote based on those issues and values..... [more]
Since churches, during the history of the Republic, have taken positions on slavery, racial discrimination, war, prostitution, and many other issues, it would be remarkable if government decided they had no right to do so. But we live in extraordinary times. This ruling is a relief.

Moral-values groups hail tax ruling - Washington Times

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