Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Can We Really Separate Politics and Religion for Tax Law Purposes?

On January 22, 2008, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on the recent speeches by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and former President William Clinton from the perspective of nonprofit tax law.  That is, the King Center, a nonprofit that recently organized a Martin Luther King celebration service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, decided "it was not wise to allow candidates for public office to address the . . . event, given [its] nonprofit tax status."  Nevertheless, the article continues:

While Clinton said his goal Monday was not political, politics was thick for much of the service.

With Clinton sitting not 20 feet in front of her, Atlanta Mayor Shirley
Franklin used her remarks to take what appeared to many to be a political shot at the former president.

Franklin, who has endorsed Obama, said the country is on the "cusp of turning the impossible into reality. Yes, this is reality, not fantasy or fairy tales."

Clinton, in supporting his wife's campaign, recently took heat for using the term "fairy tale" to describe Obama's depiction of his stance on the war in Iraq.

For the entire story, go to "COUNTDOWN 2008: Politics apparently in pulpit at King event" in the AJC.

DAB

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