June 4, 2007

Americans United Asks Florida Evangelist to Obey Tax Law

According to The Washington Post, Americans United for Separation of Church and State is asking the IRS to revoke the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status of Bill Keller Ministries, a Florida-based evangelist. As you are probably aware, federal tax code prohibits churches with tax-exempt status from endorsing political candidates. Keller has been informing "the 2.4 million subscribers to his Internet prayer ministry" that they should not vote for Mitt Romney, calling Romney "an unabashed and proud member of the Mormon cult founded by a murdering polygamist pedophile named Joseph Smith nearly 200 years ago."

Americans United is asking the IRS to enforce the tax code by revoking Keller's exemption on the grounds that he has violated the prohibition on partisan politicking which is supposed to apply to religious groups. Of course, Keller's defense is the best part of this story, as he claims that his insults of Romney and his admonitions not to vote for him were "spiritual" rather than political statements. It sounds as if he sees himself as some sort of martyr.

I am becoming more and more convinced that serious improvements in health care are needed so that we can help delusional folks such as Keller get the help they so desperately need. but I'll save that thought for another post.

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