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Let My Preachers Endorse: A Modest Church-State Proposalposted on November 21, 2012
At Religion Dispatches, Michael Leo Owens writes that the Freedom from Religion Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the IRS for their failure to crack down on churches that endorse political candidates from the pulpit, a move that is against IRS rules on tax-exempt status. Owens, however, offers a solution to the problem: allow churches that wish to endorse candidates to change their tax status from a charitable organization to a social welfare organization. “Since the electioneering ban isn’t a problem for the majority of congregations they should keep their conventional status as charitable. For others, allow them to change their status,” Owens writes.