When Religous orders become political should they lose tax exempt status?

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    Did Catholic Bishops cross the line when they used their influence in the debate on healthcare.

    I believe they did.
     
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    Absolutely if they preach politics form the pulpit they should lose their tax exempt status.
    They might as well be punished here before they burn in hell for all eternity.

    Jesus was not a political man.
     
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    Like most of the Constitution, the first amendment protects religion from the State, not the other way around.

    That goes for Catholics as well as The Order of the Satanic Monkey Breath cult and even run of the mill athiest like me.
     
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    I don't think churches should be tax exmept anyway.
     
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    Goes hand in hand with the whole "wall of separation" thing.
     
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    Why the bishops and not the nuns?


    members of the church are citizens of the state. They have the right to be heard. They also have the right to give their titles as authority for their words, as lots of folks argue to authority rather than to content.

    They are just exercising their free speech rights.

    Denying them their exemptions under law because they say something you dislike is anti democratic.

    One can question whether any church should have this exemption, but not whether a particular church should loose its exemption based on its exercise of free speech. Being irreligious myself, I doubt the utility of the religious exemption. But if it exists, it exists for all, not just the ones that toe your line.
     
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    Is it against the law? Technically, yes, but for some reason, many various 501-c3 organizations find unique ways to skirt this.

    Should it be? NO, but so goes the way of a wicked nation. (sigh)
     
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    So you think all those Black Churches that supported Obama and used their pulpits to preach his election should lose their tax exempt status? Or is that different?
     
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    So all those black churches?
     

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