IRS shouldn’t ban clergy endorsements, panel says | USA Today at GuamPDN

Bob Smietana of USA Today at Michael Batts, chairman of the commission, said the current rules are not enforceable. There’s too much ambiguity, he said, and many pastors ignore them without consequence. “We believe that there are some serious dysfunctions and problems associated with the current law,” he said . . . At the same time, activists have tried to pick a court fight over the rules. Last year, more than 1,600 pastors preached sermons aimed at challenging the IRS during “Pulpit Freedom,” organized by the Alliance Defending Freedom of Scottsdale, Ariz. Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison, Wis., sued the federal agency in an attempt to get it to enforce the clergy endorsement ban.