JeffT - My opposition to this isn't based on supreme court decisions so I don't care what they say. I do not think you can accomplish your stated purpose - expanding religious freedom - by having the government enforce its version of proper religion through the tax code.
Hi JeffT, Since you do not care about Supreme Court decisions that substantiate that the IRS can revoke an organization's tax exempt status, does that mean that you have no legal reasons to object to a law that would be inspired by the White House petition?
Since the IRS would not investigate an organization until it received complaints from members, employees, and/or former membes of an organizattion in a law inspired by the White House petition, why do you feel that government would be enforcing its version of proper religion on tax exempt organizations? The White House petition only helps people of dangerous orgs to disagree with an orgs' leaders - not the government enforcing its version of religion on members.
Have you read the thread Changes in Australian legislation - likely to outlaw shunning in the future? It seems like the Aussie government has enacted a law that prevents individuals from shunning family members and friends (caveat: I have not read the law). To me the Australian law seems less workable, more expensive to enforce, and infringes on an individual's freedom of speech than a law that would be inspired by the White House petition.
Peace be with you and everyone, who you love,