Encase the revoke Scientology's tax-exempt petition obtains 90,000 signatures to qualify for a White House response, I sent President Obama the following comment.
I hope that more people will sign the petition to force debate on this issue. People can easily find the petition by googling "revoke Scientology's tax status".
Peace be with you and everyone, who you love,
Dear President Barack
I respectfully ask that
you use your presidential influence to actively promote introducing a bill to
the 114th Congress by the end of May 2015 to revise the Tax Code to require
tax-exempt organizations to protect children from sexual abuse instead of
protecting and enabling pedophiles.
Instead of singling out
a specific organization to revoke its tax-exempt status as requested by the
White House “We the People Petition”
why not fix the Tax Code instead?
If you are interested, a
rough-draft copy of a bill (~ 85% finished) with the following provisions is
* Insert a new
sub-section in 26 U.S. Code § 501 to describe the criteria and process to
suspend an organization's tax-exempt status, and would allow the IRS to charge
all tax-exempt organizations a nominal annual fee (may be $10 to $50) to fund
the effort. Applicable tax-exempt organizations would be required to ensure
that applicable adults pass a criminal background check and complete sexual
abuse awareness training, to promote to members and employees to report
suspected violent felonies to local law enforcement, to prohibit using undue
influence on members and employees, and to prohibit promoting bigotry,
prejudice, and inciting hatred and civil unrest.
* Amend 26 U.S. Code §
6033 to require that all tax-exempt organizations, including religious
organizations that are currently exempt, to file annual reports and adds
additional requirements about what to include in the annual reports.
* Amend 26 U.S. Code §
6104 to require the Treasury to provide free access to applications for
tax-exemption and annual reports through the internet. The Treasury would be
prohibited from releasing personal contact information (not business contact
information) through the internet.
* Create Section 520 to
allow taxing of funds transferred from/to non-compliant organizations to reduce
funding to such organizations.
After reading the draft
bill you will better understand how it will protect children from sexual abuse,
prohibit promoting prejudice, bigotry, and hate-speech, and increase
transparency and accountability by all tax-exempt organizations.