Last week I blogged about the IRS prohibition on pulpit endorsements and why it is unjustified. A couple days later, in a very thoughtful post inspired by the IRS’s recent abandonment of its investigation into the NAACP’s political activities, Bob Bauer went even further:
“Better to do away with the prohibition [on political intervention] altogether, as an illegitimate condition on tax-exempt efforts. Rather than bloody each other up with complaints, indifferent to the ethics of compliance but hungry for political advantage, progressive and conservative churches and other nonprofits might press jointly for reform–reform in favor of speech, for a change.”
We think Mr. Bauer is right and the issue deserves more discussion. Conveniently, current events have provided a timely case-study.
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