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Pastors to Participate in Pulpit Freedom Sunday
On Sunday, at least 100 pastors will do the unthinkable: talk about politics from the pulpit.
The IRS says that pastors cannot talk about political issues or candidates from the pulpit, however, this Sunday several pastors will break that rule and some will even go as far as sending their sermons to the IRS, daring them to say something.
For the past couple of years, Pastors have been doing this, and so far there has only been one investigation which was dropped immediately, according to Kevin Theriot, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund.
Lyndon Johnson found himself being a popular subject among churches and wasn't too happy with the critical comments from Christian pastors who were concerned about his behavior. So, in 1954, the rule was made that pastors are not to speak about politics from the pulpit.
Before the rule was adopted, pastors could speak freely from the pulpit, even about specific candidates, elections and issues, according to the ADF.
Erik Stanely, also a senior counsel for the ADF, said “The IRS should not be used as a political tool to advance the agenda of radical groups bent on silencing the voice of the church and inhibiting religious freedom. It is ironic that a group with a name like 'Americans United for Separation of Church and State' continues to exploit a scheme of massive government monitoring and surveillance of churches.”....
Sooner or later it's going to happen.