SD: Pastors divided over Howie’s pulpit challenge

Rapid City Journal: “One Rapid City pastor has accepted gubernatorial candidate Gordon Howie’s challenge to defy federal tax law and endorsed Howie from the pulpit . . . Federal courts have upheld those tax-exempt conditions about political activity, most recently in 2000. But the Alliance Defense Fund . . . encourages pastors . . . to openly challenge the IRS and risk their tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization, in hopes that it might lead to a legal challenge and a Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the Johnson amendment.”

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[5.17.2010] Dakota Voice: “[The Rapid City Journal reports] South Dakota gubernatorial candidate Gordon Howie urges pastors to endorse candidates despite a 1954 tax code provision which prohibits this for tax exempt organizations . . . Two years ago, the Alliance Defense Fund began an initiative to overturn this unconstitutional 1954 interference with the First Amendment freedoms of religious and speech liberty enjoyed by pastors and churches.”