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Monday, November 07, 2005

'A' Church singled out for Tax-Exempt Status

The W-machine must be getting desperate to chase down one single church, for a solitary sermon that basically questioned whether Jesus would support the invasion of Iraq. Interesting.

"In his sermon, Regas, who from the pulpit opposed both the Vietnam War and 1991's Gulf War, imagined Jesus participating in a political debate with then-candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry. Regas said that "good people of profound faith" could vote for either man, and did not tell parishioners whom to support.But he criticized the war in Iraq, saying that Jesus would have told Bush, "Mr. President, your doctrine of preemptive war is a failed doctrine. Forcibly changing the regime of an enemy that posed no imminent threat has led to disaster."

On June 9, the church received a letter from the IRS stating that "a reasonable belief exists that you may not be tax-exempt as a church. " The federal tax code prohibits tax-exempt organizations, including churches, from intervening in political campaigns and elections."


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