So Olivet Baptist Church opens its doors to the Democrat candidate for the Senate and the UAW to criticize local and national Republican leaders? I would assume being a religious organization that Olivet is a 501 (c) (3) entity and therefore pays no taxes. According to the laws regarding tax free entities they cannot be engaged in any political activity:
Political activity: Section 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from supporting political candidates, and are subject to limits on lobbying. They risk loss of tax exempt status if these rules are violated. An organization that loses its 501(c)(3) status due to being engaged in political activities cannot then qualify for 501(c)(4) status.
It would appear that Olivet violated this provision by having both a union and a political candidate criticizing the opposition in their church.
I am sure AG Eric Holder and our "non-partisan" IRS will be in town today investigating this apparent violation. Yeah, right.
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As a matter of fact, a church is not a 501©(c)(3). Churches are exempt from income tax and are not even required to file for exempt status.
They also are not required to file income tax returns. Regards.