GROUP ATTACKS CONSERVATIVES – TAKES MONEY FROM GEORGE SOROS
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 MoveOn.org.”, 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.