On Monday, Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent a letter to the IRS asking the agency to investigate the matter, on grounds that Chandler's comments violated the no-electioneering laws governing churches and other charities.
"Pastor Chandler seems to have confused his church with a Republican Party caucus meeting," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, the group's executive director, in a statement. "It's time for the IRS to give him a swift reminder of the laws of the land."
Now I wonder, first, if the IRS will bother(ha), but if they do, if if this will catch up to a number of other churches, including the already suspect Catholic Church(which attempted to convince parishioners in many places that voting for Kerry would be a mortal sin), and these corrupt places that, frankly, make all religion look bad, will get auctioned off. They might make good schools. To paraphrase Peter Weiss, perhaps at last something useful will be learned in them.
I.R.S. rules bar clear-cut politicking by tax-exempt groups. In October, days before Mr. Bush won a second term, the agency said it was investigating roughly 60 charities and other tax-exempt groups - about a third of them churches - for potentially breaking rules that bar them from political activity.
The outcome of those investigations is not known; the I.R.S. is prohibited from naming the groups it investigates or announcing results.
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