I know I’ve complained about being busy before, but you know it’s bad when Christianity Today is clamoring for more CMS. Their weblog reported on a pastor donating to the Republican party and calling it advertising and wondered outloud where our coverage was. Wow. It’s nice to be missed. And such a call out can’t go unanswered, so here’s our better-late-than-never post:
Calvary Temple Church in Texas is making headlines for accidentally donating to the Republican Party of Texas. Pastor Del Way explains that the church sponsored golf tournaments for “advertising purposes,” and is regularly involved in community outreach efforts.
The church has asked for their money back from the Republican party “This is just an innocent thing,” Way said. “It wasn’t for a candidate.”
“I’d be an idiot to directly support a party,” Way said. “I want to be above reproach.”
Yes, you would be an idiot to directly support a political party with church funds, but you’d also be an idiot to indirectly support a political party with church funds. It seems obvious that the golf tournaments were Republican Party of Texas events (how would you not know?), which seems like an obvious violation of IRS rules. Advertising at such an event may seem murkier than a straight-up donation, but it’s still supporting a political party.
The lesson here is know where your advertising dollars are going. Or maybe it’s don’t advertise a sport that involves silly pants. You decide.