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IRS Agrees to Monitor Churches for Electioneering
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

The Internal Revenue Service said it will monitor churches and other houses of worship for electioneering in a settlement reached with an atheist group. The Internal Revenue Ser ...

Federal Judge: Clergy Tax-free Housing Allowance Is Unconstitutional
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

A federal judge has ruled that an Internal Revenue Service exemption that allows clergy to shield a portion of their salary from federal income taxes is unconstitutional. A federa ...

Conservatives Promote House Bill to Protect Opponents of Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

Conservatives are rallying around a House bill designed to protect religious people who advocate for traditional marriage — a belief, they say, that is held in increasing contempt. ...

Feds Offer Atheists a Clergy Tax Break That They Don’t Want
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

The federal government wants to give Annie Laurie Gaylor a tax break for leading the Freedom from Religion Foundation. But Gaylor, an outspoken atheist from Madison, Wisc., wants to stop them — and she’s askin ...

Reformers Want Congress to End Ban on Pulpit Politicking
Originally Posted: 08/15/2013 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

In a report sent Wednesday to Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican who has spent years investigating the finances of high-profile televangelists, the commission called the regulation of speech of religiou ...

Franklin Graham calls IRS Probe of Ministry Finances ‘Un-American’
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

Evangelist Franklin Graham blasted the Internal Revenue Service probe of conservative nonprofit groups as “un-American,” saying both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the relief group Samaritan’s P ...

Commission Suggests Ways to Keep Closer Eye on Lavish Ministries
Originally Posted: 12/06/2012 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

A special commission created by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has called for clearer IRS guidance and greater involvement among donors to address “outliers” among congregations and other ...

Atheists Sue IRS for Failure to Monitor Church Politicking
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

A First Amendment watchdog group is suing the Internal Revenue Service for failing to challenge the tax-exempt status of churches whose pastors engage in partisan politicking from the pulpit. ...

Pastors to Challenge IRS on Political Endorsements — and They'll Likely Win
Originally Posted: 10/04/2012 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

LOS ANGELES — In a matter of days, some 1,400 American pastors are planning to break the law. And they’re likely to get away with it. As part of “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” on Oct. 7, religious leaders across the ...

Baptist Leader Stands His Political Ground Amidst Akin Furor
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 7:13am | Type: Blog

Late last week, a church-state watchdog group in Washington filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service accusing Don Hinkle, who is the Missouri Baptist Convention's director of public policy, wit ...

Atheists Challenge the Tax Exemption for Religious Groups
Originally Posted: 06/15/2012 - 7:54am | Type: Blog

How much money does the U.S. government forgo by not taxing religious institutions? According to a University of Tampa professor, perhaps as much as $71 billion a year. How much m ...

Did Pastor Charles Worley Break the Law?
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

Some believe Charles Worley did more than just smear the image of the Christian faith and denigrate an entire cross-section of the population; some suggest he actually broke the law from the pulpit. ...

NEWS: Quick Links 2
Originally Posted: 10/28/2011 - 8:02am | Type: Blog

MEDIA MATTERS: REPORT: In Immigration Coverage, Fox Shuns Pro-Immigrant Voices MEDIA MATTERS: REPORT: In Immigration Coverage, Fox Shuns Pro-Immigrant Voices A year ago, N ...

The Republican Debates So Far (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Most people who follow the political public discourse in our country know the Republican mantra on the economy -- cut taxes, cut regulation, cut federal spending, balance the national budget, and all ...

God and Class Warfare
Originally Posted: 09/27/2011 - 9:30pm | Type: Blog

The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." Paul Ryan, John Boehner ...

The Infuriating, Scary, and Ironic Inside Job
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Matt Damon's closing words in the Academy Award winning film, <em><a href="http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/" target="_blank">Inside Job</a>, </em>are as f ...

Ashley Judd: 'My Christian Faith Demands I Work for Social Justice'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

It's noon on the West Coast, and Ashley Judd is scurrying to make a live on-air interview with a National Public Radio local affiliate in Berkeley. It's noon on the West ...

What Would Jesus Tax?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

In the face of state and federal budget cuts, many of us have been fasting and contemplating the question: "What would Jesus cut?" In light of tax day, however, we might equally contemplate: "Wh ...

My Letter to the IRS: 'I Reserve the Right Not to Kill'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As a Christian, Easter marks the most stunning act of grace and enemy-love in human history -- Jesus' death and resurrection. As a Christian, Easter marks the most stunning a ...

I Am Fasting So People Don't Go Hungry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the tradition of the church, the season of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/lent/" target="_blank">Lent</a> was observed through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. ...

Why It Makes Jesus Cry When UnitedHealthcare Screws People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This week UnitedHealthcare told a stroke victim that her health insurance with them does not include the rehabilitation necessary for her to walk, eat, or speak again.</p> T ...

Palestinians Protest Death of Nonviolent Activist
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://wagingnonviolence.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Jawaher-Abu-Rahmah.jpg"></a>For nearly six years, the Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Bil' ...

My Story as an Undocumented Immigrant
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

To become an undocumented immigrant requires very little but is a result of tremendous social, economic, political, and environmental forces; I offer my story as example.</p> ...

WikiLeaks and Government Responsibility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Since <a href="http://wikileaks.org/" target="_blank">WikiLeaks</a> released the first of the leaked government cables for public viewing, the outcry regarding the act has been ...

Churches and Elections: Do's and Don'ts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In the last few weeks, as seems to happen every <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/elections/" target="_blank">election</a> year, both parties along with some pastors and churche ...

REEL Images of Immigration: The Visitor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/reel-images-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on im ...

Gulf Apocalypse: Don't Watch This Video
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<h1><span style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 13px;">Conservationist John L. Wathen a.k.a. Conservationist John L. Wathen a.k.a. "Hurricane Creek C ...

An Open Letter to Pastors: Our Nation Needs Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Dear Pastors,</p> Dear Pastors, This week, a group called NumbersUSA sent out a message to hundreds of thousands of Americans to ask them to please contact their pastor. ...

Top Secret America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>The </em><em>Washington Post</em> today blanketed the front page with this lede:</p> The Washington Post today blanketed the front page w ...

Getting Past False Debates
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, President Barack Obama spoke on the moral issue of reforming a "broken and dangerous" <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/immigration-system/">immigration system</a>, i ...

Joseph Stack's Suicidal Terrorism: The Definition of Insanity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I had thought we'd all agreed that flying airplanes into buildings full of office workers was not a legitimate form of protest, but the <em>Wall Street Journal's</em> <a href="htt ...

Prayer Vigil at the Detention Center
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I am a seminary professor. Activism is not something that comes naturally to me, but I am learning! I am a seminary professor. Activism is not something that comes naturally to me ...

Counting the Cost of Good and Bad Debt
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

While watching President Obama's press conference Tuesday evening, I was struck by a few things that are often forgotten in the criticism of his proposed budget.</p> W ...

Our Moral Audit of the Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Four years ago, faced with a disastrous federal budget proposal, Sojourners coined a phase, "budgets are moral documents." That phrase has now entered the common lexicon, but it remains our fundam ...

What I Did With My Stimulus Check
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Mr. Philip A. Belisle United States Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Kansas City, MO 64999-0025</p> <p>Dear Sir:</p> <p>On May 9, 2008, I received an "e ...