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In a potential win for Scientology,
House tax bill favors more
political freedom for churches

Tampa Bay Times, by Tracey McManus

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Posted By:Hazymac, 12/10/2017 9:45:08 AM

CLEARWATER — It was the evangelical Christian right that cheered President Donald Trump’s early promise to revoke the law that forbids churches, with their tax-exempt status, from endorsing political candidates. Now that Republican lawmakers have tucked a provision softening the Johnson Amendment into the House tax reform bill, the impact could be broader than the Trump supporters envisioned, giving aid to the Church of Scientology, with its history of seeking legitimacy through proximity to politicians. While the House version of the tax overhaul includes wording allowing religious leaders and nonprofits to back candidates without losing their tax-exempt status, the Senate version doesn’t

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It´s never been legal for tax-exempt organizations like churches to become nakedly political (like Rev. Wright´s TUCC, attended by Obama), but the feds aren´t about to land on their allies in the pulpit. If Scientology happens to benefit from a change in tax policy, so what? If the provision is too objectionable, it´ll disappear in reconciliation anyway. This story is at the top of page one today, a dead giveaway of the Times´s yellow dog Democrat proclivities.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hazymac, 12/10/2017 10:29:13 AM     (No. 11476467)

Again, I emphasize that this article is directly under the paper´s masthead in Sunday morning print edition.

Some churches have been intensely political places for two generations, under roof faith frequently corrupted by politics, almost daring the authorities to pull their tax exempt status. Might as well give up on that one. That horse left the barn long ago.

On the other hand, during the ´90s my congressman would show up at my well attended non-denominational evangelical church every year or so (he was, I´m certain, Greek Orthodox) for a Sunday service. There´s no doubt that most parishioners were supporters of his, not to mention the pastor, who welcomed the congressman to the church, and then remarked that he couldn´t legally endorse anyone ... (he trailed off as everyone including the congressman laughed)... so he wouldn´t. Said with a smile. The congressman knew he was among friends. We just couldn´t say so out loud in church. Wouldn´t be prudent. Stick to the Book.

As I implied in the OP remarks, the Times´s hyper-liberal editorial staff are grasping at a thin reed to warn us that overall beneficial changes in tax policy might also benefit the megalomaniac David Miscavige and his obedient brainwashed uniformed slaves around the Ft. Harrison Hotel. We can´t have that, can we?

So I guess that breaks it. Now because I think Scientology is satanic garbage it must follow that I´m a Democrat opposed to all sensible taxation, and must oppose anything that slightly benefits real churches as well as a fake one like Scientology. Nice try, Times.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: stablemoney, 12/10/2017 10:43:22 AM     (No. 11476482)

Media Matters can have tax exempt status, and spends all their efforts on pursuing the interests of the Democrat Party. But churches must be silent, or lose their tax exemption? Muslims do what they like, but christians must remain silent? No, I don´t think that is working. It is time for Christians, who founded and built this country, and are its history, to speak as they please.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: strike3, 12/10/2017 10:56:22 AM     (No. 11476493)

No problem. We have Scientology´s number and L. Ron Hubbard´s joke of a church will remain the refuge of those willing to give them the family fortune in exchange for all of the brainwashing they want. Would you follow the guidance of little Tommy Cruise?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/10/2017 11:33:36 AM     (No. 11476536)

The "Crime" of taxation has to do with it´s intrusion into your life.....not the rate or the revenue.

It´s nobody´s GD business how you make your money....and especially not the Goobermint´s business.

Pull Back and think about it....big picture.

A tax on consumption would get the Marxists out of your life.

The exact rates don´t even matter.....the principle is soooooo huge.

Get the goobermint out of your life...your business.....your world.

Let them defend the borders and pick up the trash.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mc squared, 12/10/2017 12:10:24 PM     (No. 11476573)

Better crackdown on churches that don´t refrain from endorsements rather than legalize it for all of them.

Now every political group will become a ´house of worship´ or a missionary group, especially since so many of them include a Rev´und or two.

If the Democrats aren´t screaming ´how will we pay for it?´ you know they think it will benefit the left.

This will come back to bit us.




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Reply 6 - Posted by: Smart11344, 12/10/2017 12:33:37 PM     (No. 11476613)

I am a Missouri Synod Lutheran. I haven´t attended for some time, but I was a regular and anytime an election was held, the pastor only said pray for our politicians. No endorsements. I know when Kennedy ran, many if not most had the Catholic Church telling the congregation to vote for one of ours.
Politics is ruining the NFL, probably will hit the NBA and will ruin both sports. The same with churches.

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