Faithful America: Christian Organization or Left-Wing PAC?


Let’s begin with a simple question: Should churches, mosques, temples, or the various religious organizations who openly support political agendas be eligible for tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code? Before you answer, here’s what the IRS says:

Exemption Requirements – Section 501(c)(3) Organizations

To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity.  Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.

Certain activities or expenditures may not be prohibited depending on the facts and circumstances.  For example, certain voter education activities conducted in a non-partisan manner do not constitute prohibited political campaign activity. In addition, other activities intended to encourage people to participate in the electoral process, such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, would not be prohibited political campaign activity if conducted in a non-partisan manner. (Click here for additional IRS information on 501(c)(3) organizations.)

Meanwhile, let’s take a look at Faithful America, a “faith-based” organization with a long history of exploiting religion to promote left-wing agendas. The banner on its website looks “religious” enough:

“We are all in this together. Our faith compels us to act. End poverty. Restore community. Uphold the common good.”

A look at “the rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey said, provides useful insight into Faithful America, which fancies itself as a “religious version of”, and the meaning behind the words of its seemingly harmless mission statement.

Let’s ponder another simple question: Why would atheist George Soros give money to a Christian organization? Has the anti-American Soros suddenly found religion? Of course not. The only logical answer is that Faithful America is one of many left-wing organizations that supports the leftist billionaire’s agenda – and vice versa.

A visit to the group’s website, makes it clear where the non-profit organization stands:

Republicans slash food aid for low-income women and children.

John Boehner’s budget guts key programs that help struggling families.

Some in Congress think the right way to balance the budget is to cut billions from basic investments in education and child health and nutrition.

We are going on the offensive against immoral budget cuts and threats to workers’ rights in the states.

Work to prevent the catastrophic effects of climate change.

Work for welcoming communities where immigrants and people of all faiths are welcome.

A Salaam A’alaykum [“Peace be with you” in Arabic]. We express our deep sorrow at abuses committed in Iraqi prisons. We stand in solidarity with all those in Iraq and everywhere who demand justice and human dignity.

We condemn the sinful and systemic abuses committed in our name, and pledge to work to right these wrongs.”

Peter King has no shame. He continues to give voice to the fears and hatred of Americans rather than to what Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.”

And this is a “faith-based” organization? I find it astonishing (supremely hypocritical) that many on the left who decry Christianity – or at the very least, are constantly on the lookout for “separation of church and state” violations (only when it comes to Christians, of course) – support the blatant efforts of groups like Faithful America to influence political agendas of their liking. Imagine the outcry in the liberal media, if Billy Graham’s homepage looked more like a right-wing political blog than a Christian website.

While there is no legal definition of what religion is in U.S. law, the Supreme Court has determined what it is not: “Religious beliefs need not be acceptable, logical, consistent, or comprehensible to others in order to merit First Amendment protection.” The bottom line? In America, a religion is anything that declares itself a religion.

The other bottom line? I have no problem with the definition, nor the rights of any (non-religious) group to support and promote whatever policies and political agendas it chooses to support. As for tax-exempt status – it’s a different issue altogether. Faithful America clearly violates the requirements for 501(c)(3) organizations under the Internal Revenue Code.

Faithful America should be denied tax-exempt status – as should all other “faith-based organizations” or associated groups that promote political agendas – including my own.

Categories: Atheism, Christianity, Democratic Party, Extremism, Hypocrisy, Ideology, Liberals, Politics, Religion, Taxes

10 replies

  1. Soros funds over 1,200 socialist groups. Many socialist are clotheted under the name “Christian” and work within their organizations to further socialsim. Like the New Testament says, the devil can be any where including in the ranks of the believers.

    • Well said, westTexas. Soros and his ilk are what they are. I’m fine with that – in fact, I enjoy it. The more they talk, the better the opportunity for more and more people to see who they are, and what they represent.

      My point in writing the article was to highlight the activities of AVN and similar organizations – and to point out their abuse of 50(c)(3) status. It’s time for America to wise up – and speak up.

    • Note from C.L. the editor: I really shouldn’t approve this…but, hey, have at it!

      You right-wing folks haven’t a clue as to what Christianity and the Gospel are all about. The goals of Faithful American on the other hand, are perfectly in line with Christian values: foremost among them: a preferential option for the poor, universal health care, care for the environment, welcoming the immigrant, promoting the “general welfare” – something the Right has demonstrated it has no interest in.

      Sorry, but you don’t speak for authentic even thought you frequently wrap yourselves in the Bible.

  2. This shines a light into a dark, political cesspool (sorry for the redundancy) that needs a lot more attention. The 501 (c)’s are an enormous scandal overdue for exposure; they include hundreds–maybe thousands–of interlocked outfits masquerading as non-political when politics is why they exist and what they do, often whith government money.
    Neither party wants this disturbed…

  3. SCUMBAGS!!! Hiding behind the Christian moniker.

  4. I don’t think christian churches or ministries should be 501c so we can speak what we want. Many laymen and Pastors will see that they will be shut up and told what to say at the pulpit in order to stay 501c. I would call ALL true churches to denounce their 501c immediatly so we can speak Truth and endorce whoever we want. CHURCH – WAKE UP!

  5. Matthew 24:24
    John 15:18-27

    • Thank you for Matthew 24:24. Clearly, the comments on the page are from anti-Christs. Much hateful political talk and uncharitable name-calling. My prayers are for all to think and speak from a heart filled with the love of Christ.

  6. Good job on bringing the truth out. This so-called christian organization is nothing but a front for the evil that has slowly penetrated our country. People need to wake up and start holding organizations such as Faith America and our government accountable for tax avoidance. After all even Jesus said to give to Caesar what is Caesars, and give to God what is Gods.

  7. Yep, those are horrific objectives that go against everything Christ represents.
    Why can’t Faithful America be more like the Dominionist Republican party? All talk, no walk?

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