Monday, May 22, 2006

Blog Mission

This blog will explore the convergence of church and state by cataloguing examples of religious institutions that may be walking the line and risking their 501(c)3 status through involvement in political activities.

Most not-for-profit organizations avoid political activity altogether because the guidelines have never been clear. The IRS has finally studied the issue and has published their results and new guidelines at http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=154712,00.html

My initial assumption is that leaders of these institutions would never wish to risk the nonprofit status of their church, and therefore will appreciate the information contained herein. After all, the last thing on earth that parishioners should want is the invasion of their church by politics and the government. Rather, the church should be their haven in which they may worship as they wish in our free country.

We shall see how this plays out.
Please submit links to stories that I've missed in the comments so that we can collect an ongoing record.

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