Yesterday was “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” an annual event sponsored by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a large Religious Right legal group, during which members of the clergy are urged to violate federal law by endorsing or opposing candidates for public office 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.
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.
On March 23, Liberty University allowed its convocation to be taken over by a man who announced to the world that he is running for president. And the school did this with full knowledge that he intended to say this.
The Internal Revenue Service should make it clear that houses of worship and other tax-exempt, non-profit groups have no right to engage in partisan politicking, Americans United for Separation of Church and State told the tax agency today.
The IRS hasn’t exactly been aggressive in enforcing the law when it comes to partisan politicking by houses of worship.