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Wasilla Church Appears to Violate Tax Exempt Status in 2005; Muthee directly tells congregation to Vote Palin

The content of the October 2005 sermons of Thomas Muthee in Wasilla has been disclosed, and it appears that Muthee’s sermons on behalf of the Wasilla Assemblies of God have violated the law.

The Internal Revenue Service makes the law very clear: those churches that don’t want to pay taxes on their income must in exchange agree not to use the church to promote the election of any political candidate:

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) 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 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. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.

Thomas MutheeThomas Muthee electioneering on behalf of Sarah Palin on October 11, 2005 at the Wasilla Assemblies of God church in Alaska made the following exhortation in a sermon to the Wasilla Assemblies of God on October 11, 2005 (transcribed from the video source):

There are people who are wired to politics because God wants to take the political, you know, dimension of our societies. And those people should be prayed for. That’s why I was, you know, I was so glad to see Sarah here. We should pray for her, we should back her up. And, you know, come the day of voting, we should be there, not just praying, we should be there. And I’m saying this because that’s what I’m telling our church. I’m telling them that we need this in Parliament. In here is what you call Congressmen, you know, you know, the, the Governors, we need the bretheren right inside there. Is anybody hearing me?

Do you hear what’s going on in the Wasilla Assemblies of God with Sarah Palin right there in the audience? I hear a sermon telling congregants to vote for Sarah Palin. So long as the Wasilla Assemblies of God is willing to pay tax on its considerable income just like I do, that would be fine. But Wasilla has embraced its special tax-free status, and as part of the deal by law it can’t electioneer. It’s electioneered.

It appears to me that the Wasilla Assemblies of God has violated the law on behalf of Sarah Palin.

We need to take the following actions:

1. Spread the word. Send this transcript to your friends, post it on your blog, let your local paper know about it.

2. Complain to the IRS. Write a letter to the following address asking the IRS to investigate:

Mr. Steven T. Miller
Commissioner, Tax Exempt and Government Entities
Internal Revenue Service
1111 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20224

Send it today, priority mail. In the letter, be sure to include the text of Thomas Muthee’s remarks, the date of Muthee’s sermon and links to the video in which Muthee can be seen to be uttering the remarks. Be polite, but be sure to explicitly ask the IRS to investigate this apparent violation.

3. Ask Sarah Palin what she thinks of Muthee’s behavior. Sarah Palin was there that day. As you can see in the video, she was even called up given God’s blessing through Muthee in her run for Governor of Alaska. This means she’s aware of what Muthee did on her behalf. If she is at all ready to be President of the United States of America, as she claims, then she must surely be aware of the legal prohibition on church electioneering.

Sarah Palin owes Americans an explanation. If she’s coming to your neck of the woods, ask her for one. If she isn’t, then

4. Write a letter to your local newspaper asking her for one.

There you go. Four things you can do in the service of church-state separation and in defense of the rule of law in the United States of America. Get to it!

5 comments to Wasilla Church Appears to Violate Tax Exempt Status in 2005; Muthee directly tells congregation to Vote Palin

  • elcidorth

    All of you misguided and deceived Marxists are some of the scarriest people on the planet and wherever you tread you enslave the people and destroy the earth.
    For your benefit, leave behind your filthy sodomite lifestyle. Your perversions have warped your mind.

  • elcidorth

    You say you are progressive but that is another leftist misnomer. You are regressive. That’s why you strive to deceive people by confusing their mind with the misuse of a word.
    Anyone with an open mind can easily study the detrimental consequences of your Marxist, Socialist ideology.

  • Jim

    You seem to be talking to yourself, elcidorth.

    Which word have we misused? Did we kill Colonel Mustard in the Cloakroom with a misconjugated verb?

  • Anonymous

    Since when it is against the law to pray for our leaders? God said if a nation turn against Him He would destroy it. It is people like you who are the reason God is making that statement. It is the government who is trying to interfere with the churches, not the other way around. We cannot even pray in our schools any longer because of people like you. As long as there is a Christian on this earth you will not silence prayer. People can always pray in their hearts and there isn’t a thing you can do about that!!!!!!

  • Jim

    It is against the law (and against the agreement made by churches) for non-profit institutions to advocate for the election of a candidate.

    And no, it is not true, absolutely not true, that “we cannot even pray in our schools any longer.” Kids can pray in school all they want. Teachers can’t make them, and principals can’t make them, and schools can’t be used to shove one religion down others’ throats. Understand the difference.

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