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Should President Obama State His Position on the Future of IRC 107?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 1/9/2013 Category: Religion
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Challenge Declined
Viewed: 1,135 times Debate No: 29013
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Internal Revenue Code Section 107 (IRC 107) allows ONLY "ministers" to receive income tax free income as long as it is spent on housing.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging the law as a violation of the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Resolution of that case could take years if the Obama Justice Department continues to try and defend the law. Trial at the federal district court level is currently scheduled for January of 2014 if the case is not resolved prior to that time.

In a White House sponsored petition, it has been proposed that Obama ask Congress to repeal the law. In order to compel President Obama to address the issue publicly, 25,000 electronic signatures are needed before January 24, 2013.

The direct link to the petition is:

During the recent campaign season, I would repeatedly ask campaign workers to find out where their candidate stood on the issue and repeatedly contacted campaigns for a position. None actually gave me a straight answer.

Jill Green, the Green Party candidate, did, however, suggest her opposition to the law when asked about it in an interview with Forbes contributor and accountant Peter J. Reilly.

Senator Grassley, not long ago, had a much publicized committee investigate million dollar ministries and the exploitation of IRC 107 was a topic of discussion. However, rather than act, Senator Grassley out-sourced the issues to his religious friends to think about it for a few years and get back to him.

It's time for Obama to personally, directly, publicly and explicitly explain his position as to the future of IRC 107.

The petition suggests he should recognize, as many tax and legal scholars do, the UNconstitutional nature of IRC 107 as well as its administrative problems (i.e., Really, "basketball ministers" and million dollar tax free benefits to the big name "ministers"????).

We can, according to the White House petition website, compel Obama to address this important, public, tax issue; if we get 25,000 electronic signatures by January 24, 2013.

Regardless of one's position on IRC 107, it's time to ask Obama to "come out" as to his position on the future of this law.
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Posted by RLBaty 5 years ago
We picked up a little bit of steam, but we need more, more, more!

Deborah B
Gaithersburg, MD
January 13, 2013
Time: About 7:30 AM MT
Signature # 1,700

The deadline is January 24, 2013 for 25,000 signatures!

Posted by RLBaty 5 years ago
I appreciate the support of viewers here who, I suspect, are responsble for the recent increases in signatories to the petition.

It has recently passed the 1,600 mark and is currently at 1,639.

However, we are going to need more help if we are going to get the 25,000 before the deadline of January 24, 2013.

Compel Obama to address this important public issue. Get your friends, associates, enemies, etc. to start signing up.
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