And the list goes on regarding issues with religion in the world today. Churches need the freedom to speak against what is attacking the church. A 501c3 will not allow you to speak in the political arena; a Corporation Sole frees the church to not only speak up, but to promote political candidates that hold Godly Biblical values.
1. Thousands of migrants, many from war-torn Syria, pour into Europe, stirring right-wing resistance in some countries and compassion fatigue even from countries that welcomed them.
2. ISIS expands its reign of horror in Syria and Iraq. It claims responsibility for beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians, the burning alive of a Jordanian pilot, the deaths of hundreds on a Russian airliner, and deadly bombings in Beirut and Paris.
3. Anti-Muslim rhetoric flares in the U.S. and Europe as some politicians call for surveillance of Muslims and a ban on Muslim refugees, citing terrorism fears.
4. Pope Francis makes a historic visit to the United States where he greets crowds in Washington, New York and Philadelphia, and speaks before Congress and the United Nations.
5. Paris reels from its second major terrorist assault in 2015 on Nov. 13 as attackers linked to the so-called Islamic State kill at least 130 and wound many others at a concert hall, restaurants and other sites.
6. Pope Francis issues encyclical Laudato Si on the environment, a call for replacing fossil fuels linked to global warming and lamenting a throwaway culture. Meanwhile, religious leaders call for similar goals at the November Paris climate summit.
7. A white-supremacist gunman is charged in the shooting deaths of nine black worshippers in Charleston, S.C. In the wake of the tragedy, many Southern institutions remove displays of Confederate symbols.
8. The #BlackLivesMatter movement draws support from faith-based groups, including Christians, Jews, Muslims and Unitarian Universalists, amid increased scrutiny of police killings of black suspects and racial issues in public universities.
9. Pope Francis continues his reformist agenda – ending a three-year supervision of U.S. nuns, speaking out for the needy, streamlining the annulment process and recommending a more pastoral tone while upholding church laws on divorce and remarriage.Other stories in this year’s poll, listed by final ranking:
10. Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik kill 14 and injure 21 in San Bernardino, Calif. Fears of violence in the name of Islam also arise as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez is charged in the deaths of five U.S. servicemen in Chattanooga, Tenn.
11. Rowan County, Ky., Clerk Kim Davis becomes a conservative Christian hero for choosing jail over signing licenses for gay couples, citing “God’s authority.”
12. A Pew Research Center survey shows the proportion of Americans who do not identify with traditional religion has risen to 23 percent, a trend particularly strong among young adults.
13. A terrorist rampage in January in Paris leaves 17 victims and three Al Qaeda attackers dead. The magazine Charlie Hebdo, where a gunman claimed to avenge offensive depictions of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, and a kosher market, were targets.
14. Early presidential campaigning pulses with religious rhetoric, as Republican candidates appeal for conservative Christian votes. Some candidates call for surveillance of and banning U.S.-entry to Muslims.
15. Africa is targeted by terrorist and militant groups. Al Shabaab kills 147 at a university, reportedly singling out Christians. An extremist kills 38 at a Tunisia beach resort. Boko Haram continues attacks.
16. A gunman kills three and injures nine at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic. Religious and other pro-life groups disavow violence in opposing abortion as the gunman’s history of purported Christian zeal emerges.