See, now I do not have a problem with this. What I do have a problem with, is limiting what a pastor can preach on or say from the pulpit.
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I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosopy, as a cause for withdrawing from a friend. --Thomas Jefferson
Then we should keep previous presidents and anyone else that's government funded from expressing their opinions on who to vote for. Along with Planned Parenthood and any other charity and ESPECIALLY the ones that are assisted by the government financially. If a Preacher can't say what he wants about the candidates and stay tax exempt, then those that are actually directly funded by the government and of course those who are tax exempt shouldn't be able to say anything political either. So anyone commenting on the current President in regards to the upcoming election or his current policies should lose any federal funding. Sounds like a terrific plan (seriously) to me.
I don't ever remember Planned Parenthood coming up to me and telling me who to vote for. I do agree on the tax exemption as well.
Again, I'm fine with a pastor explaining why they feel a certain way on a political issue. I am not okay with a pastor (or union or anyone really) advising you on who to vote on.
There is no difference (at least when it comes to the current presidential debate). Pro Life means vote for Romney. Pro Choice means vote for Obama. and so on. It's silly to pretend like one is OK and the other isn't since they are the same thing.
If I am understanding the argument correctly:
If I donate $1mil to No on 8, I can't take a write off for the donation - still pay taxes on it.
If I donate $1mil to the Morman Church, which then funds a No on 8 campaign, I get my tax write-off and they don't pay taxes on my donation because they are tax exempt even though the money is going to a political campaign.
Thus politicians could start churches or allign with churches to circumvent the laws about campaign donations?
Going to a particular church is voluntary. No one is going to make you go there. No one is also going to force you to vote for a particular candidate. With the union situation you do not have a choice with that other than to quit your job. They are still not forcing you to vote for a candidate, just telling you who they want you to vote for.