TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Unions can, churches can't?

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Letters home ...

Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons?

Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words?

The world's a big place. Bring it home with Letters Home.

Contact Colin McNickle (412-320-7836 or cmcnickle@tribweb.com).

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Letter to the Editor
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

We are informed regularly by the media that one labor union or another is backing a particular candidate for political office, ostensibly because the candidate's platform will benefit that organization's cause(s) — for example, in the news story “Experts: Unions can play powerful role in elections” (May 6 and TribLIVE.com) by Bob Bauder.

Consider that I have been told by more than one clergyman that churches cannot back political candidates without losing their tax-exempt status. I am therefore puzzled why labor unions can back political candidates without losing their tax-exempt status.

Please do not bother to use the phrase “separation of church and state.” Nowhere in the Constitution is that phrase ever used.

The First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” It does not say that churches cannot express their opinions. That violates their First Amendment rights.

Anthony F. Cugini

Plum

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Letters

  1. USW not cause of ATI woes
  2. Outrageous & delusional
  3. Seal the borders
  4. States & secession
  5. Not one-sided
  6. Major issue, no action
  7. Catholicism & science
  8. Inspiring & welcome
  9. ‘Deflategate’ fault NFL’s
  10. Bright lines: Budget battle
  11. Work with lawmakers, Gov. Wolf