FACT Report: May 23, 2012

Speak now, or lose your tax exempt status later.

“Speak now or forever hold your peace.” Ministers say this during marriage ceremonies, but now they need to say it to themselves. Many have been afraid to speak on “political issues” like homosexual marriage lest their church lose its tax-exempt status. But unless the same-sex marriage movement is stopped now, it is going to run over religious liberty sooner or later.

You see, the Supreme Court has ruled that any group’s tax exempt status can be revoked if their internal policies don’t line up with public policy. So someday, those ministers who stay silent now will lose their tax exempt status anyway if they refuse to perform government-sanctioned same-sex marriages or hire homosexuals.

When that happens, we we’ll find out if our stewardship is based on tax policy or the Bible.