Revoke the 501(c)(3) of the Catholic, Mormon, Fundamentalist Churches
  • Petitioned Rep. Dave Camp

This petition was delivered to:

Chairman, Joint Committee on Taxation
Rep. Dave Camp
President of the United States
Barack Obama
Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service
Doug Shulman
Vice Chairman, Joint Committee on Taxation
Senator Max Baucus

Revoke the 501(c)(3) of the Catholic, Mormon, Fundamentalist Churches

    1. Deb Equality Della Piana
    2. Petition by

      Deb Equality Della Piana

      Stoneham, MA

It is clear the religious leaders have blurred the line when it comes to the separation between church and state. Leaders in both the Catholic Church and the Mormon Church were instrumental in championing the unconstitutional Prop 8 in California. A $1.4 million contribution to the Yes on 8 campaign came from the New Haven, Connecticut-based Knights of Columbus (of which all Catholic Bishops and priests are members), while an additional $200,000 came directly from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In collusion with the Catholic Church, the Mormon Church (LDS) participated by providing money ($5 million), institutional support and dedicated volunteers to walk door-to-door. Presently, the Catholic Archdiocese of Minnesota plans to institute anti-gay marriage committees in every Catholic church in Minnesota and vows to do all in its power to see that an anti-gay marriage amendment is included in the Minnesota Constitution. In addition, right-wing Christian fundamentalist churches are working through the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council in Minnesota on this legislation.

IRS rules clearly state that churches and religious organizations "must not devote a substantial part of their activities to attempting to influence legislation," and they "must not participate in, or intervene in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office."

Churches are no longer ministering, but are engaging directly in the political process. By virtue of this, their 501(c)(3) tax exempt status should be subject to Internal Revenue Service review, and then revoked.

 

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    • Ardyth Hoffer hallicola GRAND RONDE, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      seperation of church and state they are violating their tax exempt status

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    • Rosemarie Danforth PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      Treaty of Tripoli

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    • Chizuru Minamoto HOLLYWOOD, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      If you want to participate in our Democracy and break separation of church and state, then it's time to pay taxes just like everyone else who does.

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    • Aida Canonizado SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am Catholic but do not believe I have the right to force my church beliefs into the political arena, which is an arena of christian and non-Christians. Therefore there should always remain a separation between church and state.

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    • Kevin Kelly WOODINVILLE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      The LDS church acts like the corproatio that it is (developing land, managing for-profit businesses), all while hidden behind the favorable charitable tax treatments.

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