Churches should pay if they want to play | Maureen McDermott Gill at Journal Tribune

    Maureen McDermott Gill at Journal Tribune: This Sunday, Oct. 7, is “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” a nationwide event sponsored by the Alliance Defending Freedom, an organization providing legal services to churches and individuals who want “greater religious freedom,” as they say. What these churches really want, however, is the unbridled freedom to influence American politics. Unlike the rest of us, who are allowed to express opinions about American politics, work for certain candidates, and attempt to influence others to our way of thinking, churches want to do it without making any monetary contributions to actually run the government that protects their freedoms. Pursuant to the IRS, churches are exempted from taxation – provided they stay the hell out of politics. The churches don’t like that . . . As far as I’m concerned, the clergy of any denomination can say whatever they want, but I don’t want to subsidize them to do so.

  • Posted: 10/03/2012
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Pastors Preparing To Defy The IRS | One News Now

Pastors Will Challenge Politics From The Pulpit Law | One News Now

1,000 Pastors to Challenge IRS, Talk Politics From The Pulpit | LifeNews

    LifeNews: “Pastors should decide what they preach from the pulpit, not the IRS,” said Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley of ADF. “It’s outrageous for pastors and churches to be threatened or punished by the government for applying biblical teachings to all areas of life, including candidates and elections. The question is, ‘Who should decide the content of sermons: pastors or the IRS?’” “No government-recognized status can be conditioned upon the surrender of a constitutionally protected right,” Stanley explained. “No one would suggest a pastor give up his church’s tax-exempt status if he wants to keep his constitutional protection against illegal search and seizure or cruel and unusual punishment. Likewise, no one should be asking him to give up his church’s tax-exempt status to be able to keep his constitutionally protected right to free speech.”

  • Posted: 09/27/2012
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Pastors Prepare to Defy IRS With “Pulpit Freedom Sunday”

Engaging the Issues: Are America’s Pulpits Free? | Erik Stanley Audio with the FPC of WV

Pastors Preaching Politics From Pulpit | WSET ABC 13 – Virginia

Bid to gag US churches for White House race | Christian Institute

1,000 Pastors Plan to Defy U.S. Law, Endorse Presidential Candidate on ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’

Preachers Defend Free Speech and Religious Freedom With ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ (VIDEO)

Pastors Across America are Preparing Political Sermons | Engage Family Blog

Pastors Will Unite Against IRS To Deliver ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ Political Sermons (poll) | The Blaze

Pastors pledge to defy IRS, preach politics from pulpit ahead of election | Fox News

Freedom in the Pulpit

Ohio City Determines To Block Development Of A Christian School | Alan Sears at ADF Blog

Christian School Won’t Be Zoned Out, If ADF Can Help It

“Pastors Get Ready to Preach Politics, Challenge IRS Restriction”

ADF: Christian school zoned out by Ohio city

Judge sides with city in Tree of Life lawsuit

Injunction Allows Georgian Church to Temporarily Meet at Building

Federal injunction allows Georgia church to meet

ADF: Ga. church no longer meeting underground for now

Claiming that churches are victim to an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, Alliance Defending Freedom urges pastors to participate in ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’

Zoning laws ‘targeting’ small ministries | One News Now

Erik Stanley: IRS Official Warns Pastors to Keep Silent During Elections

Pastor speaks biblical truth, gets legal attention | One News Now

Erik Stanley: Biblical Truth Equals Voter Intimidation?

New target for atheists: Rhode Island cross

KS: “Churches May Be Forced to Rent Their Facilities to Gay Couples”

Erik Stanley: IRS Remains Mum on Pulpit Initiative

IRS allows churches to endorse marriage initiatives, attorney says | Baptist Press

NJ spycam case stirs debate over hate crime laws

Why Churches Don’t Pay Taxes | Acton Institute

Erik Stanley: Why should churches be tax-exempt? | Baptist Press

Erik Stanley: Church’s Outreach Ministry to the Poor Leads to Large Tax Bill

Erik Stanley: Should Churches Be Tax Exempt?

Erik Stanley: Are Churches Subject to Section 501(c)(3) of the Tax Code?

    ADF Attorney Erik Stanley at the Speak Up Movement Church Blog: The upshot of these cases is that even though churches are not required to apply for a tax exemption from the IRS, churches are still subject to the restrictions in section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. That means all churches are required to abide by 501(c)(3). And if you think about this logically, it makes sense. The way the federal tax code works is to begin from the assumption that all organizations are taxable unless they meet an exemption from taxation specified in the tax code. Thus, for a church to be considered exempt from taxation, it must meet a specific exemption under section 501(c) of the tax code. The specific exemption that churches fall under is section 501(c)(3). And this is where the problem arises because the restrictions on churches in 501(c)(3) are unconstitutional. The passage of the Johnson Amendment in 1954 added a restriction to 501(c)(3) that allows the IRS to censor a pastor’s sermon from the pulpit

  • Posted: 02/29/2012
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Erik Stanley: Washington Same-Sex “Marriage” Bill Is A Threat To Churches

Jarrett’s Partisan Rant Should Put IRS Rule in Spotlight

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Erik Stanley: Supreme Court Case Offers Protection for Pastors’ Sermons

Jarrett’s partisan pulpit speech may have violated IRS church-state rules

Pastors Double-Dare the IRS | Christianity Today

How free are clergy to discuss politics from pulpit?

Erik Stanley: 60 Days and No Response from the IRS

Erik Stanley: City Settles ADF Lawsuit by Exempting Churches from “Driveway Tax”

Pastor, church in Oklahoma threatened with death, destruction for standing against homosexuality

2011 Pulpit Freedom Sunday a Success | Dakota Voice

Campaign do’s and don’ts remain the same, but new mood seen in US |

Erik Stanley: Two Common Objections to Pulpit Freedom Sunday

Erik Stanley: “Pulpit Freedom Sunday 2011 – A Success By All Accounts”

TX: Conference draws hundreds to Lewisville

Pastors hope for a louder, unrestricted voice in 2012 election

Reclaiming Texas For Christ 2nd Annual Conference – October 20, 2011

Pastors defy IRS in defense of religious liberty | WorldNetDaily

    WorldNetDaily: A headline in the Washington Times – “IRS Has No Business Censoring Pastors – First Amendment Supersedes Tax Regulation” – accompanies attorney Erik Stanley’s article, which includes the following: “To even suggest that any governmental agency or official has the right to punish a pastor because of something he says from the pulpit is not only offensive but unconstitutional. No pastor should ever have to dance around an issue or self-censor his sermon because of an Internal Revenue Service rule. In America, we value everyone’s constitutionally protected right to free speech and free exercise of religion. Nonetheless, there exists just such an IRS rule. It’s known as the Johnson Amendment. Getting rid of it was the motivation behind the Alliance Defense Fund’s fourth annual Pulpit Freedom Sunday, which took place this past Sunday.

  • Posted: 10/12/2011
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Politics and the Pulpit | Open Salon

“To Protect Freedom, ADF Needs IRS to Punish Pastors” | Christianity Today

“Pastors Defy IRS, Take Politics to the Pulpit” | CBN News

“Flouting the Law, Pastors Will Take On Politics” |

“Pastors plan civil disobedience act October 2nd by preaching politics from the pulpit” | God Discussion

Pastors fight IRS ban on endorsing candidates | The Tennessean