Upon review of its bylaws, PBS is now reviewing its programming and, apparently, considering the separation of state and its affiliate content. washingtonpost.com [excerpt] Under bylaws enacted in 1985, PBS stations are required to present programs that are noncommercial, nonpartisan and nonsectarian. The rules were put in place to ensure balance and fairness among PBS-affiliated stations, which rely on government funding, private-sector grants and sponsorships, and contributions from viewers. The irony is that the government, upon whom PBS relies, in large part, for its funding, is complicit in the blurring of the "separation" lines by way of ignoring the tax code law -- specifically the 501(c)3 designation, which exempts religious organizations from taxation. How is the line blurred by this oversight? Religious Tax Exemptions vs. Government Policies Most people are aware that a church or religious organization can lose their tax exempt status for engaging in partisan political activity, like endorsing a political candidate. What many aren't aware of, though, is that the same can happen for promoting or engaging in things contrary to government policy. Tax exemption is a privilege, not a right. Tax Exempt Churches: Religious Freedom vs Tax Exemptions & Tax Deductions Now, how many of those "promoting of engaging in things contrary go government policy" can you think of?