Great idea, just take away the tax exempt status for religious institutions that enter the political fray and use that newfound tax revenue to pay for security, for example. This dual-purpose change would also put non-Muslims on equal footing with Muslims who regularly use mosques, masjids, Islamic centers, and Islamic organizations to raise money for politicians.
Not a word about that in this article.
CHICAGO — Declaring that clergy have a constitutional right to endorse political candidates from their pulpits, the socially conservative Alliance Defense Fund is recruiting several dozen pastors to do just that on Sept. 28, in defiance of Internal Revenue Service rules.
The effort by the Arizona-based legal consortium is designed to trigger an IRS investigation that ADF lawyers would then challenge in federal court. The ultimate goal is to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a 54-year-old ban on political endorsements by tax-exempt houses of worship.