Are We Witnessing the End of the Church’s Tax-Exempt Status?

For all the talk of separation of church and state, it seems most people don’t understand that concept cuts both ways. Most people think it means that the church should have no influence on the state, not vice versa. And in the wake of the same-sex marriage ruling, some commentators are calling for the end of the church’s tax-exempt status: Defenders of tax exemptions and deductions argue that if we got rid of them charitable giving would drop. It surely would, although how much, we can’t Read more […]

Government to Use IRS to Gag Churches

There are ways the tax code can be used to gag churches despite the First Amendment. “I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means – except by getting off his back.” – Leo Tolstoy It’s been said that the path to hell is paved with good intentions. Well, those allegedly good intentions are rarely that. Most of the time, the stones on the path to hell are markers drenched in Read more […]

Houston Sermon Subpoena a Warning to 501(c)3 Churches

After the outrage bomb went off over what many considered an illegal subpoena of sermons from five Houston pastors, the city has apparently backed off. Which means it has merely narrowed the scope of its subpoena: The city had asked five pastors for “all speeches, presentations, or sermons” on a variety of topics, including the mayor, and “gender identity.” The subpoena prompted a storm of criticism when it became public Tuesday. The pastors are involved in legal efforts to overturn Read more […]