We'll see if he's got it right based on what happens at/to the paper and the effects of his initiatives on the readership, consumers, and advertisers.
Jerry, at least the "essay" has some substance. With a characterization such as yours, you should offer something besides baseless opinion. At least that way it might not be a worthless opinion.
I'll cover Red Label. Not Blue Label.
Regarding the question: "[s]hould government have the authority to threaten churches with taxation for speaking out against politicians?" The answer is no. And that is not the concern. Nor should individuals in a church be proscribed from political speech (and, they aren't!). What these organizations cannot do is actively endorse candidates and encourage their adherents to do the same. Plenty of gray area in here to deliver a message and retain tax-exempt status.
Regarding the statement that "NPR is nonprofit and gets taxpayer funds, but is ultra liberal, where it should be nonpartisan": what's your point? As far as I'm aware, there is no Liberal party. You didn't say that NPR is ultra-Democrat or ultra-Republican or note that NPR endorses one party or another. By your description, NPR is non-partisan. I wish like hell that NPR did not receive taxpayer funds, as I believe that their listeners would fill the gap, and it would put an end to a fairly minor budgetary distraction.
Regarding your point about the punditry of black churches, well, they are wrong too and always have been. As I said, any non-profit org engaged in politics should not be tax exempt according to current law - laws which can be changed if appropriate. If you would be a bit less prickish with your language perhaps you'd get people to listen to your arguments - which have some substance - rather than writing you off as an obnoxious Intertwit.
I continue to shudder at the spectacle of community leaders (which clergy often are for their congregants) who stupidly or deceitfully conflate the tax-exempt status of their organization with their (or their organization's) rights to free speech.
So, clergy, to put it simply: no one is saying that you cannot lay claim to one political candidate or party, however, you cannot use your pulpit to do this and retain tax-exempt status. Those are the rules under which tax exemptions are granted. If you want to change those rules, work with your legislators.
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