Rep. Pittman, about that tax-exempt status of your church…

by | May 2, 2013 | Editor's Blog, NC Politics

Looks like Representative Larry Pittman is having second thoughts about slamming Speaker Thom Tillis in a meeting with a group of wing-nuts in his home county. A video of his criticism was posted on Youtube. In a letter yesterday, Pittman apologized to Tillis for doing “damage to his reputation.” In watching the video, it appears to me that Pittman did more damage to his own reputation.

Pittman comes across as a religious zealot who criticizes Tillis for stopping the bill to create a state religion. Before that, though, in a defiant tone, he declares at 5:54 in the video, “And I will talk about political issues from my pulpit. I have done it and will continue to do so…Why not be political in the church?” Well, for one thing, it jeopardizes your church’s non-profit status. In fact, I would think that the IRS would be very interested in what Rep. Pittman has to say from the pulpit, because if he’s telling the truth, his church probably owes a ton of back taxes.


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