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freedom of religion

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Petition to The Internal Revenue Service

Ask the Federal Government to enforce the 501 c 3 status on Televangelists.

I am asking that the Televangelist industry, which fell under scrutiny in light of the scandal of Jim Bakker in the 1980s, be audited again for non-compliance  with the laws that govern 501 c 3 organizations from taxation, and that their non-profit, non-taxable protection status be revoked.  Of late, Televangelists both on Network television and on social media have promoted an agenda that if one dares to disagree with their political platform or their endorsed candidate, that they will be ostracized as an enemy of the faith, subject to Divine Punishment in Life and the Life Hereafter. Further, the agenda of these individuals implies that although they wish for religious freedom, they look down on other faiths and do not consider them or those who have them as being worthy for any kind of public office, which is a direct opposition of the Bill of Rights, which promotes a separation of Church and State. I am asking that Donald Trump either dismiss the Evangelical Advisory Board, or open it to representatives of all faiths, Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Pagan, Atheist or otherwise. It is the duty of the President of the United States to represent and work for the good of all the people, not just one denomination of Christian faith. To bar representations of other faiths or even other denominations of Christian faith, not to mention selecting a chair rather than permitting the Advisory Board to Select one of their own, I feel is a definite favoritism and bias towards one religion. It sends a message to those whose faith does not match Mr. Trump’s endorsed religion that they and their faith should be marginalized, a definite violation to the right of all people to It should include all faiths, including the right not to have a faith, or it is definitely a violation of Church and State.   Recently, a number of Televangelists have used their pulpit to sway their congregations on their votes for political office. In the past, ministers have let their congregations’ own conscience dictate their decisions made it the voting booth. The United States has long advocated the separation of church and state, avoiding making an official religion for the Federal Government. Unfortunately, some ministers do not seem to agree with not having an official religion. Further, they blame unfortunate disasters on the rights of others in practicing their religious freedom that differs from theirs in a shameful manner of bigotry, for which these organizations say is their just right and due. Lately, a number of Televangelists have been skirting the line between Church and State with absolutely preposterous claims about those in power, turning Christians against their brothers and sisters if they do not agree with their vote. As we have seen, this has led to violent protests, such as the sad case in Charlottesville, costing an American activist her life. All of America has heard some ministers make ludicrous claims about political candidates in the past, offering no evidence whatsoever to back up these claims. In this country, we enjoy a Freedom of Religion, and so long as that does not affect others to their rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the religion is tolerated and even welcomed. If you are unaware of this law, which protects the status of non-profit, non-taxable organizations, I have posted a cut and paste of it: “In order to maintain tax-exempt status, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations cannot engage in political campaigning. Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status should be ever vigilant about this prohibition -- a violation could result in severe consequences.  The federal tax law is very strict on the issue of political campaigning: A 501(c)(3) organization is absolutely forbidden to directly or indirectly participate in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Violation of this prohibition could lead the IRS to completely revoke your organization's tax-exempt status or impose excise taxes on your organization.Your organization cannot participate in a campaign, directly or indirectly, on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate. If your organization takes a stand in any campaign, supporting or opposing one or another candidate, this violates the prohibition." Please sign this petition, so that these “Churches” can be audited, as well as the Federal Regulations governing tax-exempt status be enforced. For too long they have preyed on those who cannot afford to "tithe" and worse, depend on "faith healers" resulting in serious injury or death of the faithful. The law applies to all, and should not be a shield to hide their self-interest activities behind. It is time, high time, that these "Churches" stopped preying on those desperate for help. My own father-in-law was a victim of this particular form of confidence game, a fact that left his wife and family with no insurance after his passing. If these organizations wish to continuing to follow their way of preaching, they should be stripped of their 501 c 3 status and have to pay income taxes. Like the rest of us, without special benefits than enable us to have a lifestyle that we cannot afford.

D Renee Daigle
6 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Benjamin Netanyahu, Reuven Rivlin, Yuli Edelstein, Ron Durmer, David Biton, Yehuda Glick, Shuli Moalam Rafaeli

The Temple Mount Manifesto

Every Israeli Government since 1967 has systematically denied the Jewish People of the right to pray and worship on the Temple Mount and Jews are routinely arrested and harassed for even attempting religious acts on the Mount. This policy is a gross violation of Jewish and Democratic principles. Click here to read - The TEMPLE MOUNT REPORT - The Denial of Jewish Prayer on the Temple Mount.  אנו (פעילי הר הבית ותומכיהם) עובדים קשה על מנת להשיג מספר משמעותי של חותמים על העצומה הזו קודם שנשלח אותה לראה"מ נתניהו.למרות שאנו מודעים לכך שנדיר שעצומות משנות מציאות, זו יכולה לשמש ככלי להעברת דעת הציבור לראש הממשלה בנוגע להר הבית.מסיבה זו הכרחי שנאסוף אלפי חתימות. אחיזת ראש הממשלה בכסאו הינה רעועה. ניתן למצביעים להראות לו שלזכויות היהודים בהר הבית ישנה משמעות עצומה עבורנו.אנא חיתמו ושתפו. El Manifiesto de Monte del Templo - Haga clic aquí THE TEMPLE MOUNT MANIFESTO Whereas the Temple Mount is the holiest site to the Jewish Nation; Whereas the Temple Mount is the site of the Jewish Temple destroyed first by Babylon in 587 BCE and again by Roman Legions in 69 CE; and whereas the Jewish People have never abandoned hope of returning to the site of their ruined Temple; Whereas the liberation of the Temple Mount and the Old City of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War in 1967 was not only an act of self-defense but a historic act of justice in restoring the Jewish Nation to their holiest site; Whereas the current 'status quo' denies the historic longing and aspiration of the Jewish Nation to once again pray and worship at the site of their ancient Temple; and whereas the continued Palestinian violence, incitement, and destruction of Temple antiquities on the Mount constitutes a grave desecration of the holy site; Resolved that the undersigned support the freedom of peaceful Jewish prayer, worship, and assembly on the Temple Mount, in accordance with Torah Law, and call upon the Government of Israel to annul the anti-Jewish & Democratic "status quo" immediately.  

Yosef Rabin
2,045 supporters