Glenn Beck to Church: Shut up about politics
CNN’s Glenn Beck isn’t particularly civil or constructive, and he’d probably admit as much. What he wouldn’t admit – but is no less true – is that he just doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Last night Beck had Rev. Walter Coleman of Chicago’s Adalberto United Methodist Church (of New Sanctuary fame) on his show, and in addition to badgering, serially interrupting and being generally disrespectful to Coleman, Beck said his church should forfeit his church’s tax-exempt status for “making political statements.”
I can’t fault Beck for not having a lawyer’s command of tax-exemption guidelines, but that’s no excuse for being transparently ridiculous. In Beckworld, is there no church speech on any political issue at all? Would Martin Luther King’s 16th St. Baptist church have to forfeit its tax exemption for “making political statements” about integration? Should the Catholic church forfeit its tax exemption for “making political statements” about abortion, war, or immigration? Or is it just people who irritate Beck on his show?
Just to clarify, Glenn, IRS guidelines don’t prohibit political statements about issues; they prohibit campaigning for political candidates.