From the Oklahoman:
America’s tax collector, already in hot water over allegations it unfairly targeted conservative nonprofits seeking tax exemptions, has agreed to investigate churches and pastors who preach politics from the pulpit, reports show.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit group of atheists and agnostics who aim “to keep religion and government separate,” filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service in 2012, claiming the tax agency didn’t pursue investigations of religious organizations — specifically churches — that participated in “Pulpit Freedom Sunday.” The event is organized through the law firm Alliance Defending Freedom, which urged pastors to violate a 60-year-old IRS rule banning such speech.
Passed in 1954, the so-called Johnson Amendment bars non-profit organizations from endorsing or opposing a candidate. The measure, at the behest of then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, was meant to target specific political opponents, The Washington Times noted last year, but its use of Section 501©3 of the Internal Revenue Code extended the prohibition to tax-exempt religious groups.
We all know that churches should be prohibited from taking positions on political matters. They should not be allowed to endorse or oppose candidates. But this doesn’t go far enough. After all, abortion is a political matter. Churches should not be allowed to talk about it. LGBT issues are political matters and should likewise be off limits. In fact, any kind of this repressive “morality” stuff should be strictly off limits.
On the other hand, though, supporting increased government social spending, lobbying for the rights of anybody at all who wishes to come to this great country and increase Democratic registration numbers, and opposition to the antiquated and repressive laws that prohibit the dead from exercising their elective franchise or, heaven forbid, prohibit non-citizens from voting or prohibiting people from voting multiple times in multiple precincts is clearly not political and should be not only allowed, but subsidized by the government.