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Freedom From Religion Foundation asks for investigation into La Crosse priest’s political video

Sep 14, 2020

By Martha Koloski

A video by Father James Altman, a priest at Saint James the Less Catholic Church in La Crosse is getting lots of mixed reactions by those who have seen it.
It’s already been viewed some 400-thousand times.

The video shows Father Altman making claims against the Democratic party and among other things claims you can’t be a democrat and also be Catholic.

And now the Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a complaint about this activity with the I-R-S, because non-profits like churches are prohibited from directly or indirectly making statements or participating in political campaigns.

Annie Laurie Gaylor is the FFRF co-president and says, “It’s a violation of the IRS code for churches or other tax exempt non-profits to engage in partisan politicking. But in this case, Fr. Altman I think is enraging a lot of people. Not only did he seem to film this in a church, so it makes it look like the Church is endorsing it, but he was telling his fellow Catholics that if you don’t vote the way I want you to you’re going to go to hell.”

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2 comments on “Freedom From Religion Foundation asks for investigation into La Crosse priest’s political video

  • “And now the Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a complaint about this activity with the I-R-S, because non-profits like churches are prohibited from directly or indirectly making statements or participating in political campaigns.”

    Yeah right, pull the other one, it’s got bells on…


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