(ANP VIDEO) Did Mormons Go Too Far With Prop 8?

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Does new evidence incriminate the Mormon Church’s involvement with Proposition 8?

This is Steven Greenstreet with American News Project.

Activists claim that money from the Mormon Church was the deciding factor in passing Proposition 8 in California – banning gay marriage. The church claims to have only spent a few thousand dollars on the campaign, but ANP has uncovered evidence that may expose a gaping hole in that claim. Also, the IRS forbids religious organizations from “substantially” lobbying for political legislation. But, since the IRS does not define what “substantial” means, how is anyone to know just how much was too much?

  • kranky kritter

    We can easily skip all the specific sturm and drang about gay marriage and the mormons and take the quick and easy ride all the way down the slope.

    All that’s necessary is to just end tax-exempt status for all churches. Tax them like other entities, and give them a deduction for all qualifying concrete charitable work like feeding poor people and providing low-cost education.

    And anyone who contributes to a church? No tax deduction unless it’s earmarked to a deductible program like the church’s school or soup kitchen.

    Problem solved. I’m sure all the struggling towns nationwide will delight in the extra property taxes. No more brokering for in-kind donations.

    Of course that would mean that clergymen nationwide would be able to freely express their views on the character of local politicians. So it could never pass.

  • getaclue

    Not saying I completely disagree, but as stated your proposal violates the establishment clause. What is needed, for sure, is an IRS staffed with competent and honest tax examiners who have the balls to take churches to task when THEY cross the line between church and state.

    Last time I looked, lobbying/campaigning to impose your view through legislation was waaay over the line.