Essentially, the IRS is harrasing a (rather excessively) liberal Christian church because the pastor made speeches against the Iraq war right before the 2004 elections. This, they are arguing, constitutes political activity and could mean that the church will lose it's tax exempt status.
Is this really where we are now? What a pastor (or any religious leader) says from the pulpit is monitored by the government and used to punish the church? This is freedom of religion, or freedom of speech? Huh?
The church didn't even specifically endorse a candidate or policy. But so what if they did? Do you have any idea the kinds of things advocated in the churches of the thirteen colonies? These were hotbeds of discussion and advocacy of all kinds of positions. And why the heck shouldn't they be?
This comes back to taxes. John Marshall, arguably the most influential Supreme Court Justice ever, said "That the power to tax involves the power to destroy ... [is] not to be denied". What clearer evidence do we need than seeing the freedom of religion and speech directly attacked, using solely the heavy hammer of taxes? This is considered justified and good by BOTH political parties, and it makes me sick. If political speech is specifically attacked by this attrocious policy, what can't be? Excuse me while I go weep for our country.