Hi JeffT, Are you referring to CITIZENS UNITED v . FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION ? If you are referring to that Supreme Court decision than I will be glad to read it more carefully, and I would look forward to writing comments about your opinions when you start a new thread. I will keep my comments short, since I do not want to hijack this thread. BTW have you read the petition at http://wh.gov/Er4 ?
My cursory read of the aforementioned Supreme Court case makes me feel that you are combining 1st Amendment protection of Freedom of Speech with all the other clauses in the 1st Amenndment, including the Free Excercise clause about religion. Traditionally the Supreme Court narrowly construes the Constitution when it decides cases, so I do not feel that any law resulting from the petition that I wrote would violate any 1st Amendment rights. If 25,000 people did sign this petition, I would be the first person to recommend that any bill should be reviewed by the ACLU, Americans United, Citizens United, and other Constitutional legal experts to confirm that the bill would not violate the Constitution.
If you read Supreme Court decisions carefully, you will learn that Freedom of Speech and Religious rights can be limited by government. I suggest that you read REYNOLDS v. U.S., 98 U.S. 145 (1878) where a Mormon was not permitted to practice polygamy but was permitted to believe in polygamy. Likewise people are limited in talking about committing crimes or inciting armed revolution against the government.
USC Title 26 § 501 applies to only non-profit organizations that wish to qualify for tax exempt status. This petition would only add requirements for qualifying for tax exempt status. § 501 already prohibits some non-profit organizations from lobbying activities to maintain their tax exempt status which in some ways limits freedom of speech of those organizations. I would argue that this petition allows individuals to believe in shunning people, but would not permit organizations and their leaders teaching their members to use coercion to coerce their members to shun family and friends.
Peace be with you and everyone, who you love,