Politics and religion have collided at a Burlington church after a pamphlet encouraging people to vote to remove an Iowa Supreme Court justice surfaced at a Sunday service.
A woman who attended the City Church service on Sept. 30 told the pastor it was illegal for the church to display the pamphlets.
The Internal Revenue Service could revoke a church’s nonprofit status for promoting candidates or ballot issues.
The incident has been reported to the IRS, which declined to comment.
Pastor Steve Youngblood says the woman’s rebelliousness isn’t proper Christian behavior. In a sermon Oct. 7, he acknowledged wanting to slap her.
Justice David Wiggins faces a retention vote Nov. 6. Social conservative groups have sought his ouster because he joined in a unanimous 2009 decision legalizing gay marriage.
“Yea, I say unto thee: When the women become disagreeable, it’s time to slap a trollop,” said Jesus Christ never.
I’m just sayin’. And it’s about damn time to report this bullshit. You wanna be political, pay taxes. Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s. Otherwise, stick to the business of pushing your brand of all-knowing, invisible sky-dad.
Churches and other 501(c)3 (charity) organizations can gather more contributions from their members because those members get to deduct those contributions from their tax returns. In trade, they agree not to promote candidates at all, nor to engage in “significant” activities in support or opposition to specific initiative propositions or other laws.
How to complain:
- Use IRS Form 13909 to submit to the IRS. (To avoid difficulty, first save this PDF file to your computer and open in Acrobat before you fill it out.)
- Save the completed form to your computer with the name of the church that is in violation. Easiest way to submit is to email it in.
- SUBMISSION AND DOCUMENTATION: The completed form, along with any supporting documentation, may be mailed to IRS EO Classification, Mail Code 4910DAL, 1100 Commerce Street Dallas, TX 75242-1198, faxed to 214-413-5415 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.