I recently struck up a facebook "conversation" with a family member. I shared a link to an article talking about the catholic leaders blatant use of the church to spread their political agenda. I commented claiming that the members of the church need to start questioning this practice and, if not, the church should be taxed since it is clearly not following the law.
He stated that if the IRS took them to court, the court would uphold its right to free speech "for fear of improperly advocating for one Church over another and also in light of the recent Supreme Court case on free speech and money in politics, under the right of Churches to speak broadly on political issues like other non-profits."
I know that the IRS law is clear in black and white when it comes to tax exempt organizations, but does he have a point?
Is there really no clear answer because of these new laws, combined with the Internal revenue services inability, or unwillingness to actually enforce its existing laws?