Thursday, September 25, 2008
Pastors plan to defy IRS ban on political speech
Ministers will intentionally violate ban on campaigning by nonprofits in hopes of generating a test case.
By Duke Helfand,
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 25, 2008
Setting the stage for a collision of religion and politics, Christian ministers from California and 21 other states will use their pulpits Sunday to deliver political sermons or endorse presidential candidates -- defying a federal ban on campaigning by nonprofit groups.The pastors' advocacy could violate the Internal Revenue Service's rules against political speech with the purpose of triggering IRS investigations.
Read the rest here ... including this quote from All Saints rector Ed Bacon:
"Political activity and political expressions are very important, but partisan politics are . . . . a death knell to the prophetic freedom that any religious organization must protect," said the Rev. Ed Bacon, rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena.
And here's the NPR story ... "Pastors To Preach Politics From The Pulpit"
by Barbara Bradley Hagerty