GO! Bishop Jenky; This Catholic Bishop is exactly on target.
Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky said during a Sunday homily at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria that Obama is following previous governments that “tried to force Christians to huddle and hide only within the confines of their churches.”
“Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services and health care,” the (Peoria) Journal Star and Chicago Tribune quoted Jenky as saying during the homily. “In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama — with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda — now seems intent on following a similar path.”
The article does have many errors made by its author, to include their assertion that: “Federal law prohibits churches and other tax-exempt nonprofits from endorsing or opposing specific political candidates, but churches are allowed to engage in a wide range of political activities and the IRS rarely revokes a church’s tax-exempt status.”
Actually, federal law prohibits 501(c)3 corporations from making such statements, and many churches have been duped into believing that they “must” become federal entities in order to have a tax exempt status. In truth, churches are exempt whether they claim that status or not.
I submit it is time for all churches to REJECT their 501(c)3 status and claim their tax-exempt status under the Constitution and natural law. History will show that the Church needs to serve God rather than mammon and SPEAK now on the corruption in government.