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Pastors from around country to preach about political candidates

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:16 a.m. HST, Oct 01, 2012

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. » More than 1,200 pastors in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are expected to preach about electoral candidates in defiance of the IRS on Sunday.

Legal ministry Alliance Defending Freedom will be holding the fifth annual Pulpit Freedom Sunday where pastors have committed to preach sermons that present biblical perspectives on the positions of electoral candidates despite the restrictions of the Johnson Amendment.

The Johnson Amendment of 1954, named after then-Sen. Lyndon Johnson, refers to a change in the U.S. tax code that does not allow charities, including churches, to "participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office,” according to the IRS.

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HollyJHuber wrote:
It's time to revoke non-profit status of all churches. Churches are private clubs that discriminate and serve no public purpose. Religion is not a charitable activity and on average churches spend less than 1% of annual revenue on non-sectarian purposes. Churches should be taxed like all other private clubs.
on October 1,2012 | 10:29AM
8082062424 wrote:
Just because you do not believe what they believe in dose not make them bad.They do more out reach work and take care of the poor then our state dose
on October 1,2012 | 10:33AM
HollyJHuber wrote:
@ 8082062424 Utterly false! Churches serve no public purpose whatsoever.
on October 1,2012 | 12:14PM
8082062424 wrote:
better check your facts, there out there helping every day. what have you done for some one in need?
on October 1,2012 | 01:09PM
8082062424 wrote:
Word of Life Christian Center opened a food pantry called, The Giving Tree, to meet the needs of Hawaii's families. We currently provide over 1,250,000 pounds of food a year, helping over 62,000 people in 29,000 households.
on October 1,2012 | 01:20PM
8082062424 wrote:
that just once church we have many on this island of many faith and each has programs like this
on October 1,2012 | 01:25PM
HollyJHuber wrote:
According to GivingUSA.org, Americans gave $100 billion to churches in 2010, yet churches spent less than $1 billion in total on charity. That's less than 1%. No organization world qualify as a charity if it only gave back 1 cent for every dollar taken in. And this is exactly why CharityWatch.org refuses to recommend churches and does in fact warn donors against giving to churches or religious organizations. BTW, as for Word of Life, it's the least they could do, since they pay no property or income taxes. Have they been independently audited? Or are you just taking their word for it.
on October 1,2012 | 02:52PM
Aieagrl wrote:
Churches are businesses selling faith, fact. Tax them accordingly or they need to respect separation of church and state.
on October 1,2012 | 10:31AM
HollyJHuber wrote:
on October 1,2012 | 02:53PM
hawaiikone wrote:
You and huber are wrong. Churches, like the Boy and Girl scouts, Lions, Elks, Kiwanis, AARP, and many others are a mix of secular and non secular organizations supported by the voluntary donations or dues of already taxed dollars of their respective memberships. Simply because the both of you disagree with an organizations message, one that you are free to ignore, does not justify your demands for elimination of tax exempt status.
on October 1,2012 | 07:31PM
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