Saturday, February 25, 2006

First We Count the Votes and Then We Pray

Churches sending their member directories to the N.C. Republican Party are very likely endangering their tax exempt status with the I.R.S.

"Almost half the tax-exempt groups under examination [by the I.R.S.] are churches. Churches played a pivotal role in the 2004 elections, and the Republican Party, in particular, harnessed their influence to register, educate and deliver voters .... the North Carolina Republican Party made waves when its leader sent an e-mail request for church directories. Of the 47 complaints against churches under investigation, 37 were found to have merit." (NYTimes today)

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