"And while Im glad to see the mess surrounding the East Waynesville (N.C.) Baptist Church wrap up so nicely, its probably a good time to note that plenty of conservatives want to change existing tax law to allow pastors like Chan Chandler to engage in equally partisan behavior and generate similar controversies across the country.
It hasnt gotten a lot of attention lately, but theres a bill called the Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act (H.R. 235) that would change the law to allow tax-exempt houses of worship to engage in blatantly partisan campaign activities. In fact, the bill was introduced by North Carolinian Walter Jones (R) and has received support from Rep. Charles Taylor (R), who happens to represent the district in which the East Waynesville Baptist Church resides." read on
I'm all for these guys saying what they would like, but if they are going to campaign and influence the direction this country is headed, then they need to pay taxes just like I do. I'm waiting for a big group like Focus on the Family to say "tax us," to try and prove how sincere they are. That greed doesn't drive their motives. They'll declare this the most "crucial time in the history of our country" and "your dollars are needed most." Donors will throw silly money their way. I'm surprised they haven't done it yet.