Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Bill to Politicize Churches is Back

ABP reports that Walter Jones has reintroduced his bill that would legalize the politicization of churches. The bill is backed by the leaders of religious right, including Richard Land who heads the Southern Baptist Convention's political action committee.

The bill is bad news for a variety of reasons. Here's a link to a speech that highlights several of them.

There is a simple solution to the dilemma that Jones is trying to address. Churches that engage in political activity ought to surrender their tax exempt status. Then their political activities would not be subsidized by all U.S. tax payers. Either that, or extend tax exempt status to all political organizations. That is the only way to assure equal rights for all organizations that are involved in overt political activity.

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