Americans Really, Really Don't Like Partisan Politicking from the Pulpit

Americans Really, Really Don't Like Partisan Politicking from the Pulpit

There has been more debate than ever this campaign season about whether or not houses of worship should be permitted to endorse or oppose candidates for office. This is mostly thanks to Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, who has repeatedly said that if he is elected he will end legal restrictions that keep churches from acting like political action committees.

But is it good for houses of worship? A new poll found that a whopping 79 percent of Americans think that it is wrong for a pastor to endorse a candidate during a church service, while 75 percent said houses of worship shouldn't support candidates at any time.

Keeping Sacred Spaces Sacred

Keeping Sacred Spaces Sacred

In every election cycle, questions arise about the role of churches and other houses of worship in the election process – what is and is not permissible in order to retain their tax-exempt status....While the First Amendment guarantees both freedom of speech and freedom of religion, it makes no claim to free you from taxes. 

Americans View Pastors’ Political Endorsements As ‘Inappropriate’

Americans View Pastors’ Political Endorsements As ‘Inappropriate’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said his pledge to let churches and other religious institutions endorse political candidates without losing their tax-exempt status is “my greatest contribution to Christianity and other religions.”

And the Republican Party has made the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, the statute that prohibits it, part of its platform.

But Americans overwhelmingly view pastors making endorsements from the pulpit as inappropriate.

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2016 Donald Trump Vows to Overturn IRS Regulation Barring Tax-Exempt Churches from Endorsing Candidates

2016 Donald Trump Vows to Overturn IRS Regulation Barring Tax-Exempt Churches from Endorsing Candidates

" I’m gonna give the pastor a little bit of a present because what I say I mean. And I think it’s very important for the Christians in the room. Christianity is under siege. Every year, it gets weaker and weaker and weaker.
And I had a meeting with various ministers and pastors about two months ago. And I’m pretty good at figuring things out. And I sat with them, and some of them said, “we love you; we want to endorse you so badly, but we’re afraid we’re going to lose, if we do that, our tax-exempt status.” And I said “what’s this all about?” . . . 
I am gonna work like hell to get rid of that prohibition, and we are gonna have the strongest Christian lobby, and it’s gonna happen . . ."

LGBT Advocates Call On IRS To Investigate Anti-Gay Megachurch In Plano, Texas

LGBT Advocates Call On IRS To Investigate Anti-Gay Megachurch In Plano, Texas

LGBT advocates are calling on the IRS to investigate a Southern Baptist megachurch in Plano, Texas, over a clergy member's involvement in last week's City Council elections. 
Mike Buster, executive pastor at Prestonwood Baptist Church — also known as "Six Flags Over Jesus" — reportedly sent an email to 2,500 church members endorsing candidates who oppose the city's Equal Rights Ordinance, which was approved by the council in December.