Recorded: IRS Agent Telling Non-Profit To Keep Faith To Themselves | Erik Stanley at Christian Post

IRS Caught on Tape Telling Nonprofit: ‘Keep Your Faith to Yourself’ | Fox News

IRS to pro-life group: ‘You have to know your limits’ | One News Now

Recorded: IRS Agent Telling Non-Profit To Keep Faith To Themselves

Why This Pulpit Freedom Sunday Is More Critical Than Ever

    Charisma News: “Pastors should be able to speak truth into every area of life without fear or intimidation,” says ADF senior legal counsel Erik Stanley. “Pulpit Freedom Sunday has always encouraged pastors to exercise their constitutionally protected freedom to do just that from their pulpits. This year, marriage is at the forefront of public debate. There’s no better time for pastors to equip their congregations with the truth about marriage and why it matters for children, families, society, civil government and the church.”


  • Posted: 06/10/2013
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We double-dare you, IRS: pastors sign up, preach politics on ‘Freedom Sunday’ | One News Now

Pulpit Freedom Sunday takes on controversial issues | Florida Today

Biblical Definition of Marriage, Same-Sex Unions to Top Sermon Notes This Sunday | Christian Post

Vote could ‘gut’ famed Boy Scout program | WND

Eagle Scout urges BSA: Don’t abandon your values | One News Now

Franklin Graham vs. the IRS | Barry Lynn of AU at Washington Post

2 “Pulpits and Patriots” conferences set for Oklahoma | Edmond Sun

IRS antics are nothing new, churches have been bullied for years | Erik Stanley at Speak Up Movement

Taxing the Third Space | Forbes

Megachurch Denied Property Tax Exemption For Gym And Bookstore/Cafe | Forbes

    Peter J. Reilly at Forbes: The church was represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom. Erik Stanley of ADF had commented earlier in the litigation: “Tax exemptions for churches are vitally important because it doesn’t make sense to penalize organizations that help serve the community and don’t exist for profit–and that’s certainly true with this church,” Stanley explained. “The taxing authorities in this case determined that the facilities were not integral to a religious purpose of the church, but the government is ill-equipped to determine what is and what isn’t a legitimate religious use. That’s why it shouldn’t be delving into church affairs. Doing so violates the constitutionally protected rights of the church.”


  • Posted: 04/11/2013
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Will your church be forced to evict its Boy Scout Troop? | Erik Stanley at Speak Up Movement

The Institution God Created – Pastors Joining Forces on Marriage | Erik Stanley at Speak Up Movement

Attorney: Church bylaws should define marriage | Baptist Press

    Michael Foust at Baptist Press: Bylaw language defining marriage in the biblical sense doesn’t mean a church won’t face a suit or a complaint, but it does mean the church would be in a much better situation legally, said Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for ADF. “I think we’re in a day where every church needs to have a statement in its bylaws of its doctrinal beliefs on marriage and sexuality,” Stanley told Baptist Press. “This is a proactive approach that churches can take to head off any claims of discrimination in the future, should they occur. There’s no magic language for such a bylaw statement, but it should be some form of a statement of the church’s religious beliefs.


  • Posted: 02/12/2013
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Disabled Kids Not A Danger, Says ADF | One News Now

The Crumbling Wall of Separation | RealTruth.org

Disabled children a threat? Fredericksburg thinks so | Faith That Inspires Action

Roe v. Wade: Forever is Longer than Forty Years | Eric Stanley at Speak Up Movement

Atheists sue IRS for not Enforcing the Johnson Amendment against Pastors | Erik Stanley

Nigeria: Should Religious Organisations Pay Taxes?

Ninety Days After Speaking Out on Politics, IRS Ignores Pastors | Erik Stanley at LifeNews

Preachers under fire: politics from the pulpit breaks the law, some say | Mercury News

Rendering unto Caesar? | Alliance Defending Freedom

Atheist Group Sues IRS Over Church Involvement in Political Campaigns

Atheist group sues IRS over churches endorsing politics | World

Case Surrounds Whether Tenn. Gov’t Can Define a ‘Ministry’

How Churches Have Brought the IRS to Its Knees: If God plays politics, then God should pay taxes.

Atheist Group Sues IRS Over Church Endorsements | Tennessean

Freedom From Religion Foundation sues IRS for failure to enforce ban on church politicking | God Discussion Blog

Atheists sue IRS for ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ | Washington Times

Tennessee Church Fights for Tax Exemption | Citizen Link

Will Tenn. gov’t be allowed to decide what ‘ministry’ is? | Alliance Defending Freedom

Complaint to IRS Against Catholic Bishops is Bogus ‘Scare Tactic,’ Religious Rights Attorneys Say | CNSNews

Pulpit politics: Pastors endorse candidates, thumbing noses at the IRS | NBS (includes videos)

    NBC (includes several videos of pastors): About 1,600 pastors across the country violated a 58-year-old ban on political endorsements by churches in October by explicitly backing political candidates in their Sunday sermons, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom of Scottsdale, Ariz., a conservative Christian legal organization behind a campaign called Pulpit Freedom Sunday . . . The Alliance Defending Freedom asserts that it’s working to further the rights of all religious groups, but it’s an explicitly Christian organization, with a heavy representation of evangelical members and leaders. One clue to its philosophy is that it made it Pulpit Freedom “Sunday” — choosing the Christian Sabbath, instead of more broadly embracing the Jewish Sabbath (Saturday) and the Muslim day of worship (Friday) . . . But Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, said it’s clear that the agency is sidestepping the issue. “We surmise the IRS has shut down all its church audits,” Stanley said. As time goes on, he added, “It may become clear that the IRS has taken the position that it will not censor a pastor.”


  • Posted: 11/05/2012
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Has the IRS given up on auditing churches? | Erik Stanley at Speak Up Movement Church Blog

Pastors Call Left’s Bluff: No IRS Penalties for Preaching Politics | Matt Barber at LifeNews

Should Pastors, Religious Leaders Endorse Political Candidates and Is It Legal? | Christian Post

’2016: Obama’s America’ to Screen at Churches Before DVD Release

In the Spirit: Political pastor plans to provoke IRS | Wis. State J.

Pastors Preach Politics, Risking Tax-Exempt Status | ProCon.org

Pastors Fight IRS On ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’

Do We Need to Protect Religious Freedom in the Pulpit? | Karen Gushta at the Christian Post

    Karen Gushta at the Christian Post: But Erik Stanley, Senior ADF Legal Counsel, says “the AU is using an unconstitutional law to try and intimidate and scare churches.” The problem, says Stanley, is that the Johnson Amendment “is blatantly unconstitutional.” As he wrote at Townhall.com (10/8/2012) those who argue that this is a “taxation issue” are missing the point that this is in truth a free speech issue. “Pastors have been applying scriptural teaching to circumstances facing their congregations for centuries,” writes Stanley. “This is not ‘political’ speech. Rather, it’s core religious expression from a spiritual leader to his congregants. That kind of expression is at the very center of the freedom of speech and religion protections in the First Amendment.” According to Stanley, “The real question is this: When has the government ever been allowed to condition any government-recognized status (such as tax-exempt status) on the surrender of a constitutionally protected freedom?”


  • Posted: 10/10/2012
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Project 21′s Nedd Prefers Politics Away from the Pulpit | Amy Ridenour’s National Center Blog

Pastor heralds success of endorsing from the pulpit, challenging IRS | CNN (includes video)

Will churches hear from the IRS? | One News Now

1,586 pastors challenge IRS intimidation on Pulpit Freedom Sunday | LifeSiteNews

Almost 1,600 Pastors Defy IRS, Preach Politics From Pulpit | LifeNews

Freedom (and Prudence) in the Pulpit | Joe Carter at Acton Institute Power Blog

Can Churches Endorse Political Candidates? | Article 3 Blog

Should Preachers Be Practicing Politics? | Accounting Web

1,600 Pastors To IRS: Stay Out Of Our Pulpits! | WorldNetDaily

Pastor endorses from pulpit, challenging IRS | KCRA (CNN)

    KCRA (CNN): Johnson’s anti-Obama sermonizing likely violated the so-called Johnson Amendment, an Internal Revenue Service rule that forbids churches that receive tax-exempt status from the federal government to intervene in “any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.” But Johnson appears comfortable with defying the IRS. His sermon was part of a national campaign by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian legal organization that has organized Pulpit Freedom Sunday since 2008, encouraging pastors to flout the Johnson Amendment with political endorsements from the pulpit. The IRS has the ability and the authority to regulate their sermons. We are giving them the opportunity to do that, and if they challenge that, we will challenge that in court,” said Erik Stanley, Alliance Defending Freedom’s senior legal counsel. “It is all about creating a test case to find the Johnson Amendment as unconstitutional.”


  • Posted: 10/09/2012
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Churches Risk Tax-Exempt Status to Endorse Candidates | Non Profit Quarterly

    Non Profit Quarterly: The ADF plans to “actively represent any church or pastor who has been threatened or punished for actively speaking from the pulpit.” This event is intended to provoke the IRS into taking action so that the ADF can challenge and try to overturn the Johnson Amendment (the 1954 change in the U.S. tax code which prohibited tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates). Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for ADF, told Fox News, “The purpose is to make sure that the pastor — and not the IRS — decides what is said from the pulpit. It is a head-on constitutional challenge. We’re hoping the IRS will respond by doing what they have threatened. We have to wait for it to be applied to a particular church or pastor so that we can challenge it in court. We don’t think it’s going to take long for a judge to strike this down as unconstitutional.” . . . The final list of churches that participated in this year’s Pulpit Freedom Sunday action will soon be released by ADF.


  • Posted: 10/09/2012
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Pastors Take Politics to the Pulpit, Defy IRS | CBN (videos)

Pulpit Freedom Sunday: Pastors Defy Tax Rules, Back Political Candidates | Huffington Post

UPDATE: Nearly 1,600 pastors participate in Pulpit Freedom Sunday

Government Can’t Require Churches to Abandon Constitutional Freedoms | Erik Stanley

    Erik Stanley at Townhall: In other words, the arguments against Pulpit Freedom Sunday fail because the premise for those arguments is all wrong . . . But pastors who participate in Pulpit Freedom Sunday are not engaging in a “political crusade.” Instead, they are simply applying Scripture and theological doctrine to the positions held by the candidates running for office. Pastors have been applying scriptural teaching to circumstances facing their congregations for centuries. This is not “political” speech. Rather, it’s core religious expression from a spiritual leader to his congregants. That kind of expression is at the very center of the freedom of speech and religion protections in the First Amendment.
    The real question is this: When has the government ever been allowed to condition any government-recognized status (such as tax-exempt status) on the surrender of a constitutionally protected freedom?


  • Posted: 10/08/2012
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Americans United for Separation of Church and State Subject Church to State | Erik Stanley at the Christian Post

The business casual brigade | World Magazine

More than 1,000 pastors were deliberately defiant on ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ | Examiner.com

    Examiner.com: Pastors took this move to prompt the IRS to enforce a 1954 tax code known as the Johnson Amendment proposed by the then Senator Lyndon B. Johnson that prohibits tax-exempt organizations, charities and churches from making political endorsements. “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” was organized by the conservative Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom. The organization wants the IRS to press the matter so it can be decided in court. It believes the law violates the First Amendment by banning preachers from preaching politics from the pulpit. According to Fox News , Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the group said: “The purpose is to make sure that the pastor and not the IRS decides what is said from the pulpit. It is a head-on constitutional challenge.”


  • Posted: 10/08/2012
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Pastors to challenge IRS over political endorsements, and they’re likely to get away with it | Lilly Fowler at the Christian Century

    Lilly Fowler at the Christian Century (Religion News Service) (Oct. 7): New procedures for conducting church audits have been pending since 2009, which has left the IRS virtually impotent in conducting any kind of new investigations. The IRS did not respond to questions seeking comment. Despite the lack of manpower, organizations such as Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal ministry that first launched “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” in 2008, say they take the IRS restriction seriously — even as they disagree with it. “Every pastor and every church has the right to decide what their pastor preaches from the pulpit and to not have that dictated to them by the IRS,” said Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom, formerly the Alliance Defense Fund. | Report also at the Washington Post


  • Posted: 10/08/2012
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By politicking, clerics risk their churches’ tax-exempt status | Randall Lord at The Town Talk