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Time for the Jonesville Church of God to Lose Tax Exempt Status for Obama-Osama Campaign Interference

The IRS makes it very clear: Under law, if churches choose (like any other non-profit organization) to file for tax-exempt status, then exchange for tax-exempt status they must agree to these terms:

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all IRC section 501(c)(3) organizations, including churches and religious organizations, are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made by or on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise tax.

Churches have a great deal going under the current system. They gather huge amounts of income and hold gigantic amounts of wealth in this country. Despite all that income and wealth, churches don’t have to pay a single penny of income tax. Even though churches benefit from roads, utility provision, police protection, investment insurance and countless other varieties of government provision, they don’t have to pay a single penny of income tax. What a deal! All that a church has to do to get this amazing giveaway of government services without paying a penny of taxes is to agree not to interfere in government elections. It’s a completely voluntary arrangement — if a church wants to interfere in elections, then all it has to do is give up its tax-exempt status and start paying income taxes… just like you and I have to do when we get income. Under IRS rules, any church caught interfering in a political campaign is subject to the revocation of its tax-exempt status.

It’s time for the Jonesville Church of God to lose its tax-exempt status. Pastor Roger Byrd put this campaign message on the church sign for all in Jonesville, South Carolina to see:

Obama Osama Humm Are They Brothers Sign at Jonesville Church of God in South Carolina

Since this came to public attention, Byrd has been trying to backpedal on the big “Obama, Osama. Humm. Are They Brothers?” church sign:

It’s simply to cause people to realize and to see what possibly could happen if we were to get someone in there that does not believe in Jesus Christ…. I don’t know. See it asks a question: Are they brothers? In other words, is he Muslim? I don’t know. He says he’s not. I hope he’s not. But I don’t know. And it’s just something to try to stir people’s minds.

Suuuure. Byrd doesn’t know if Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden are brothers. Riiiiight. Byrd doesn’t know if Barack Obama is Muslim. Uh huh… well, no, actually not. Actually, what Byrd is saying is bullshit, and Roger Byrd knows it.

It’s not just Pastor Roger Byrd who has stepped over the line of tax laws by turning his church into an anti-Obama campaign organization. Confronted with the church’s violation of the law, Byrd brought the issue up for a vote, in which the whole congregation reiterated its determination to use church resources to campaign against Barack Obama.

This church wants to keep taking services from the government, keep refraining from paying taxes, and then keep interfering in elections. It’s brazenly unethical and illegal activity, and it’s time for the IRS to intervene and revoke the Jonesville Church of God’s tax-exempt status.

13 comments to Time for the Jonesville Church of God to Lose Tax Exempt Status for Obama-Osama Campaign Interference

  • Sfo

    What happened to “Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness”?

    Repent, Brother Byrd.

  • Glenn

    Take tax exempt status away! First thing I thought of when I read on Drudge.

  • Horatio

    You, Iroquois, seem to be getting into a nasty habit of accusing Irregular Times of not writing things that in fact they have written about.

    Whoah back a bit, and look before you start screeching, will you?

  • Jim

    Well, gee, gosh and golly, Wright’s comments about Bill Clinton riding dirty were made in January of 2008. Bill Clinton wasn’t RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT in 2008.

    Which either you didn’t know, which makes you ignorant about incidents you refer to, or you did know, which makes you someone unconcerned with facts. Which one is it?

    If you want to be respected, try knowing what the fuck you’re talking about and not dumping bullshit in the comments.

    … and cut the act about your darling virgin ears. When you falsely accuse me without any evidence whatsoever of being on the payroll of a campaign, you bet your ass you’re going to get a talking to.

    So fuck you, you stupid, ignorant, malicious fuck. Fuck off.

  • Chris

    It is amazing to me that you both seem to be intelligent enough to bring up and articulate your own opinionated facts, but you use the language! It’s ridiculous, how old are you guys? The fact is that most people in this country vote because they’ve been republican all their life or democrat all their life. Now we have a new venue in that we have a black man running and a woman running which brings a whole new ballgame to the stadium. MORE THAN EVER IT SIMPLY IS TIME TO PRAY AND ASK GOD WHO HE WOULD HAVE US VOTE FOR. I don’t care if the man is clemson orange, if he is the man that God would have so be it, if Hillary is the person than so be it, if John McCain is the person then so be it, PRAY!

  • Jim

    What, Chris, what language do you mean? Do you mean the word “fuck?” Or do you mean the word “bullshit?” I tried praying to God to see which one you meant, but it didn’t work, so hell, fuck that shit.

  • Jim

    Your “clip,” which is actually a FOX News mashup, says nothing about voting for Obama.

    As for your attacks against me, I’ve been very specific and categorical in my denials, and yet you continue to accuse me in a public forum of things which are not only not true but for which you have no evidence. I’ve tolerated your personal, empirically baseless attacks against me for years now, and it’s getting old. What you do is called slander, and you can be prosecuted for it in a court of law.

    I am not interested in tolerating your illegal, injurious and thoroughly trollish behavior any longer. The multiple IP addresses you use have been added to this site’s spam filter, and your comments will not appear any more. Goodbye to you, and goodbye to your psychological gaming, and goodbye to your slander.

  • truth detector

    Where as your complaint about tax status when the Clintons and Obomas get up in the pulpit of black churches at every election????????

    This is just another case of “just don’t get it!” The sign has NOTHING TO DO WITH RACE or POLITICS. It has everything to do with RELIGION. The church is trying to get people in America to get their heads out of the sand and recognize a religious problem. I thought that was what churches were supposed to deal with.

    Radical Islamists have declared war on America and the rest of the “Infidels” in the western part of this world. They have very plainly stated their intention is to kill us. They teach it in their schools where Obama attended. Obama refuses to renounce Farrakan and Wright who espouse the same hatred of America. Obama’s uncle is an active member of a Islamic tribe in Africa.

    Doesn’t any of these facts make you stop and think mmmmmm. That is all that the good pastor of the church was trying to get you to do. Sure it was risky and drastic, but it got your attention. Now that you have been made aware of the problem, what are you going to do about it. Remember Nero, he fiddled while Rome burned. WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Actually, truth detector, we have complained about just that very thing: The problem of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain all using tax-exempt churches as campaign tools.

    But here you are, saying that Irregular Times hasn’t written about that.

    You know why, “truth detector”? It’s because you didn’t even bother to look.

    You thought you had some kind of inherent truth that you just knew, and didn’t need to look at the facts.

    Shame on you for attacking people without even bothering to see if they are who you think you are. Your breed of unthinking partisanship is a warped degradation of true citizenship.

    You spread lies when you talk about murder of Americans being preached in the schools that Obama attended.

    Who is that “Obama’s uncle”, an active member of an “Islamic tribe in Africa”? Name names. Do you know the name? Of course you don’t. You’re just repeating the trash someone else told you to say.

    Shame on you. Is this kind of lying the morality your churches teaches you?

  • Kipling

    What is supposed to be the slander, the “I have always wondered if” part or the “they probably think” part?

    NPR recently did a piece on the “Wall Street” Journal and speculated about the role of an Australian owner on the editorial stance of the publication.

    On the day that speculation about the financial underpinnings and point of view of any media–mainstream or otherwise–becomes illegal, this nation is truly in trouble.

  • Joel

    Way to be a redneck for Christ, Byrd! And people wonder why Christians are stereotyped as well-dressed Nazis? I think Jonesville Church of Christ should not only lose it’s tax exempt status, but “Pastor” Byrd should be forced to resign. How much could this man have accomplished for Christ if he could just shut his hatred off for five minutes? I guess we’ll never know, but I do hope when Pastor Byrd meets his maker, he looks like Mike Tyson!

  • CJ

    Its not “Church of Christ”. Its Church of God. I myself am a proud Church Of God. Yes this could have been done a different way, but it wasnt. Pastor Byrd didnt try to cause harm. He’s what we call an “Old Timer”. He just didnt know how to word what he was trying to say. Am I taking up for him……….Yes. Its time Gods people take a stand. Our country was founded and based not only on “religious” beliefs, but “Christian” beliefs. The leaders of our country were Protestant. We have wondered far from what we used to be. Everybody is caught up in change, change change. The change we are getting might not be the change we want. Just consider that. I also dont think that the church should lose its tax exempt status. The government tells us how to operate and even local government tells us how much shrubbery to put out front, if your in the city. Its not going to hurt the world to see where we stand. Its time they know how we feel and for us NOT to keep our mouths shut any longer.

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