(Image Source: The Western Center For Journalism)

 

BY DAN KENNEDY

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

 

Are religious groups separating church and state?
At least one public watchdog group says no -- and it’s asking the Internal Revenue Service to get involved.

The Washington Post reports the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, says the IRS should revoke the tax-exempt status of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for openly campaigning for Mitt Romney.

The executive director of CREW says, “If the Catholic bishops would like to continue receiving the tremendous tax benefits on which they rely, they should follow U.S. law and stay out of American politics.”

According to the Web Site GodDiscussion, “IRS regulations forbid tax exempt organizations from engaging in partisan political endorsements or campaigning, including direct or indirect endorsements of individual politicians.”

LifeSiteNews says bishops are careful not to endorse candidates but remind congregations of Catholic teachings, such as pro-life and the sanctity of traditional marriage, which often align with Republican policies.

The Baltimore Sun says a bishop in Illinois ordered priests in his diocese to read a letter denouncing President Obama’s contraception coverage requirements. While others aggressively lobbied against civil marriage for same-sex couples.

A journalist on OETA says it’s been a bitter few months between bishops and the Obama camp.

“You hear bishops vehemently condemning President Obama throughout the election for his policies, saying he was dangerous for the country and dangerous for religious freedom itself.

The Catholic Church isn’t alone. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning Evangelist Billy Graham for supporting Romney. Here’s WCFT.

“Reverend Billy Graham last month got more political than he has ever been. He urged Christians to choose candidates based on biblical principals and he also met with Mitt Romney at Graham’s home in North Carolina.

According to a Huffington Post Religion blog, many bishops are tired of the notoriety the political bishops invite, saying... “They prefer that their parishes be free of partisan politics. But since the media has trouble covering silence, the political bishops get all the ink and airtime. This makes it look like these bishops are speaking for all the bishops.”

According to the Daily Beast, Romney’s Catholic running mate Paul Ryan’s budget plan drew fire from some bishops. And according to a CNN religion blog, Ryan brought no significant bump in Catholic support for the republican ticket. Both Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden are Catholic.

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Nov 13, 2012

The State of Church and State in Campaigns and Tax Benefits

(Image Source: The Western Center For Journalism)

 

BY DAN KENNEDY

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

 

Are religious groups separating church and state?
At least one public watchdog group says no -- and it’s asking the Internal Revenue Service to get involved.

The Washington Post reports the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, says the IRS should revoke the tax-exempt status of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for openly campaigning for Mitt Romney.

The executive director of CREW says, “If the Catholic bishops would like to continue receiving the tremendous tax benefits on which they rely, they should follow U.S. law and stay out of American politics.”

According to the Web Site GodDiscussion, “IRS regulations forbid tax exempt organizations from engaging in partisan political endorsements or campaigning, including direct or indirect endorsements of individual politicians.”

LifeSiteNews says bishops are careful not to endorse candidates but remind congregations of Catholic teachings, such as pro-life and the sanctity of traditional marriage, which often align with Republican policies.

The Baltimore Sun says a bishop in Illinois ordered priests in his diocese to read a letter denouncing President Obama’s contraception coverage requirements. While others aggressively lobbied against civil marriage for same-sex couples.

A journalist on OETA says it’s been a bitter few months between bishops and the Obama camp.

“You hear bishops vehemently condemning President Obama throughout the election for his policies, saying he was dangerous for the country and dangerous for religious freedom itself.

The Catholic Church isn’t alone. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning Evangelist Billy Graham for supporting Romney. Here’s WCFT.

“Reverend Billy Graham last month got more political than he has ever been. He urged Christians to choose candidates based on biblical principals and he also met with Mitt Romney at Graham’s home in North Carolina.

According to a Huffington Post Religion blog, many bishops are tired of the notoriety the political bishops invite, saying... “They prefer that their parishes be free of partisan politics. But since the media has trouble covering silence, the political bishops get all the ink and airtime. This makes it look like these bishops are speaking for all the bishops.”

According to the Daily Beast, Romney’s Catholic running mate Paul Ryan’s budget plan drew fire from some bishops. And according to a CNN religion blog, Ryan brought no significant bump in Catholic support for the republican ticket. Both Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden are Catholic.

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