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Daily Poll: Should Churches Endorse Politicians?

By September 25, 2006

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In order to keep their tax-exempt status, churches aren't allowed to get in the middle of political campaigns by, for example, endorsing particular candidates for office. Some see this as a necessary protection for church/state separation while others see it as an infringement on free speech and religious liberty.


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Where’s the “yes, because they shouldn’t have tax exempt status to begin with and thus should be able to do whatever they want without fear of losing it” button?

September 25, 2006 at 5:38 pm

Eliminating the “tax exempt” category for all non-profit organizations would be an entirely separation poll question. If I added your answer, then I’d also have to add “no, and they shouldn’t be tax exempt to boot.” Putting two different issues in a single poll question complicates matters and is something I try to avoid.

If you think that the only context in which churches should be able to endorse candidates is the absence of tax exempt status, then the second answer is the one that’s closest to your position.

September 25, 2006 at 5:54 pm
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