Why no conservatives against tax exemption status

To what extent do religious communities in the US endorse a political party?

  • In theory, never. Part of the tax-exempt status for churches is that they don't stand up for parties or candidates. However, there is what is said and done. A minister can use the pulpit to discuss a social disease and why a party that supports that position is wrong. This does not result in harassment of the IRS. There has been controversy recently over the fact that certain churches are used by politicians as auditoriums and happen to have a large congregation in the audience. These usually occur in larger cities where it may be difficult to find a place for such an event that is not a church.

  • I haven't heard the name of a political candidate in the crowd in my experience, but the Catholic Church has some strong positions on political issues, despite not leaning exclusively in one way or another (for example, the church is a death penalty) ( which is a more democratic position) and anti-abortion (definitely republican). In the US, the Catholic Church is politically odd, with more urban Catholics leaning towards Democrats while more rural ones leaning towards Republicans and the two sides seem to believe they support their opposite more. The Catholic Church has a more hierarchical structure. So when the priest gets too political the church usually takes care of it internally (and before you point out the sexual abuse scandal, remember that this is the IRS that does matter ... there are some battles, that even angels are afraid of).

    There is a point in Catholic Mass where it is not uncommon for a series of prayers to be said for the congregation (denoted by the priest saying "We pray for ...", followed by the subject, and the congregation answers: "Lord, hear our prayer."). It is not uncommon for the priest to ask for prayers for governance, but these are apolitical. The idea is that no matter who is in office, we pray for that person's success. You can also pray for the candidates in an election, but only that both candidates will act in the manner of decent people and that the nation will make the right choice (no definition of what that choice is).

  • The Catholic Church has some lawyers and likely policies that are very discouraging from breaking the tax-exempt status. I don't know how strong these are or how exactly they need to be followed.

  • Here, too, the Catholic Church is strange and the parish rules the bandwidth, although it tends to be left / right depending on the location. In general, the church is more thematic and there are problems on both sides. From the Second Vatican Council onwards, disagreeing with the Church on matters of faith is acceptable (you are not told to leave if you are for election or for the death penalty and the only time you cannot is the rare variation time in which the Pope is declared infallible (only 6-7 times in 2 millennia and not in living memory).

  • I know that my family went to another church for ideological reasons, but these had more to do with religious and domestic politics than with foreign politics. After moving out of the area, we still haven't found the right fit for the family in relation to a particular church. The Catholic Church will also change priests between parishes to avoid short-sighted opinions.