Religious leaders may freely address political and social issues from the pulpit. They just may not use their faith communities’ resources to endorse or oppose candidates, donate funds to candidates’ campaigns, or engage in other activities that have the effect of intervening in an election.
Project Fair Play educates religious leaders and other Americans about the rules that apply to political activity by tax-exempt organizations. In addition, the Project reports egregious violations of the law to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and encourages the IRS to enforce the law that prohibits houses of worship from endorsing and opposing candidates and political parties.
Pulpit politicking threatens to divide faith communities and erode the important boundary between church and state that make each distinct. It’s a bad deal all around.
We agree with Faith Leaders from across the theological and political spectrum: Let's keep sacred spaces sacred.