http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=D9vQt6IX...!

i'll post this to the Videos section as well. 

while the video never explicitly states who to vote for, it is certainly implied.  this is a Catholic organization (Catholics Called to Witness) which no doubt enjoys tax exempt status and is encouraging an entire voting block to vote for a single party.  the party of "values" as the video explains, the party who will give the Church whatever religious liberties they want, the party who is against gay marriage, and the party who is "pro-life".  which party is that again? 

as the video ominously warns, your vote will be recorded "for eternity".  so it is basically suggesting that if you vote Democrat, you will burn in hell.  am i reading to much into that?  i honestly don't think so. 

does anyone know anything about this organization? how are they able to maintain their tax free status (assuming they have one)?  here is the link to their website:  http://www.cc2w.org/mission/ 

**update:  they are a 501(c)(3) organization, which is indeed tax-exempt.  per the IRS,  "Section 501(c)(3) organizations are restricted in how much political and legislative (lobbying) activities they may conduct." 

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thanks Loren.  did you see that ALEC has had a complaint filed with the IRS? 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-bob-edgar/alec-running-tax-scam-f...

i smell revenue!  tax em all, i say!

ALEC has been showing up in online petitions all over the place, and I've been signing those petitions as fast as they arrive in my inbox.  As for the IRS, I hope they tear ALEC a new one!

i don't see how they have a leg to stand on.  this seems to be a no-brainer. 

my bigger question is what, if anything, can be done about groups like ALEC, Heartland, and Discovery beyond removal of tax exemption?  these groups are anti-America, or at least anti-Americans.  is it a stretch to render them as "hate groups"? 

I signed Matthew.~ Melinda

thanks Melinda. 

*signed*

thanks Sandi.

I signed, the issue is very important to me bc I see this going on far to much.  I am not sure if you are aaware that NC is going to be voting on amendment 1 on may 8th.  It is based on that they want to define marriage as only btw a man and woman among other issues they snuck into it. like denying unmarried women domestic abuse assistance.  my point is that local churches are posting signs out front to vote yes on the amendment.  How can they have the audacity to take a position publicly with no fear of punishment.  They need to pay taxes and that is the bottom line.

i agree Jessica, but keep in mind that this petition is not to tax the Catholic Church, but this organization called "Catholics Called to Witness".  i'd love to see the church taxed, but baby steps. 

although, i agree that those local parishes that violate their exemption with political signs, etc. should also be taxed. 

I am an impatient person! lol

I saw this video posted on FB by a friend who is also against Amendment 1 in NC.  It is a recording of a church sermon in Pleasant Garden,NC at a baptist church.  I grew up in this area and watched this church turn from a small denomination church into an evil monstrosity.  The money that was spent to transform that baptist church is sickening.  My grandmother attended the normal quaint Methodist church across the street.  The Pastor at the church tells its 1100 members lies about the amendment.  The commercials and groups for the amendment say they are saving NC families where it is the exact opposite.  I even saw a commercial for it today show a bible for at least 5 seconds on the screen.  I will probably make another discussion about this but I wanted to share this video here since it a church violating the rules  (I'm sure there are plenty of these).  It makes me feel physically  ill while watching it.

I tried to embed the video but I failed so here is the link

http://www.change.org/petitions/catholics-called-to-witness-i-want-...

this petition is starting to get some attention.  i'm posting it again for those who haven't seen it to help to continue spreading the word.  churches all over America are soon to be watching this video.

http://www.advocate.com/politics/religion/2012/06/06/catholic-propa...

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