Today In Church And State

[UPDATE]:

As of Saturday, June 28, the McKnight campaign signs are gone, but the stuff on the church sign is still there.

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Just saw this on my way home from the grocery store this morning:

Nice Tax-Exempt Status You've Got There. Shame If Anything Happened To It

Nice Tax-Exempt Status You’ve Got There. Shame If Anything Happened To It

Amendment One is an anti-abortion measure. I had to Google this McKnight fellow, but he’s a big-time right-to-lifer.

This church isn’t too far from my house. I’ve always referred to it as the Wingnut Bible Church because their signs are always advertising some wingnutty seminar or program: “End-Times Prophecy,” “Justice Sunday” and crap like that. Every July Fourth they put about a dozen or so ginormous American flags on their property, because Jesus was an American and a Founder and Christian Nation and Shut Up. But I’ve never seen them outright politick like this before.

I’m not a lawyer, definitely not a Constitutional one, but I’m pretty sure the IRS frowns on these kinds of outright political endorsements from tax-exempt churches. Don’t they?

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18 responses to “Today In Church And State

  1. ugh seriously will they ever Get IT?

  2. Joseph Stans

    Call the IRS. I would. I have. And the consternation it casued was a thing of beauty and a joy forever. The Prairie Church of Christ had their panties in a bunch for months.

  3. Laurel Green

    Church signs make for some great comedy. This “one” gets my vote for the-rules-don’t-apply-to-our-church-tax-exempt-status.

  4. Jim in Memphis

    I am confused about the McKnight dude. He is an African American and was “elected State President of the Youth and College Division of the NAACP for three years.” However, he seems to be running as a conservative republican which we all know there is no such thing as an African American Republican member of the NAACP right?

    • Jimbo:

      Once again aiming for snark, hitting “dumfuckery” right square in the bullseye.

      Perhaps you’ve heard of Vidkun Abraham Lauritz Jonssøn Quisling or Marshall of France Henri Philippe Benoni Omer Joseph Pétain?

    • Hey my white, Mormon nephew was president of his Youth & College chapter of the NAACP — in Charlotte, North Carolina, too. Plenty of African American folks there. So, go figure. I’m guessing the bar isn’t very high for these offices.

  5. Why do you think the IRS targeting “scandal” was such a big deal among wingnuts? It was an attempt to work the refs so the IRS would be afraid to go after them when they abused their tax exempt status for politicking. They’re obviously hoping the IRS will be too afraid of anything that looks political to go after wingnut churches that obviously flout the no campaigning from the pulpit rule.

  6. ” It was an attempt to work the refs so the IRS would be afraid to go after them when they abused their tax exempt status for politicking.”

    That may be true at Kochivellian level but at the astroturfroots level they’re too fucking stupid to think that shit up.

  7. Southern Beale:

    Whenever you get caught up you should start a new weekly tally of this sort of foolishness. Call it “Church’N’Hate”. You’ll have more entries than even the gunzstupid post.

    I’d do it but–oh, look, something shiny!

  8. Randy

    That would be MR. UNGRATEFUL BASTARD to you please.

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  10. CB

    I’ve never seen a church dumb enough to put this out in public, but I did get a reminder in a bulletin, in 2004, to vote for candidates with “strong family values.” I didn’t like dog-whistle code back then, either.