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Preach politics Sunday (again) for some

Preach politics Sunday is tomorrow, and last year Lifeway Research found that over half of all Americans believe churches that publicly endorse candidates for public office should lose their tax exemption.

What has changed?

Nothing. It’s a political stunt the Alliance Defense Fund is sponsoring again this year. Their goal is to provoke a court challenge of the applicable Internal Revenue Service code, which has been in place since 1954.

The issue is not whether pastors are free to preach politics from the pulpit. They are, although that preaching may jeopardize their church’s IRS 501(c)(3) status.

May.

This year ADF says more than 80 pastors are involved, and if events follow the same course as last year, it will be all preaching and no court action.

The Pew Forum covered the issue nicely last year.

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September 26, 2009 - Posted by | Churches, Law, Uncategorized |

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