The IRS’ response about church tax monitoring that has a conservative legal firm up in arms

IRS denies info about deal with atheist group to monitor content of sermons

IRS stonewalls coming clean on secret deal to investigate churches

Political sermons in American history

Suit to restrict pulpit speech dismissed

Atheist lawsuit results in IRS promise to audit churches

IRS would lose in court battle against churches, NRB says

“I’m from the government and I’m here to rewrite your sermon”

The taxman cometh to church

Atheist group’s victory could help churches

Pro-life group demands info on IRS deal with atheist group to monitor content of sermons

IRS in clandestine move against churches again?

The IRS surrenders to angry atheists: Was the fix in?

IRS says 99 churches worthy of ‘high priority examination’

Who suffers when the church is silent?

NRB concerned by private deal for church scrutiny

IRS settlement with atheists could mean beginning of the end for your pastor’s free speech

Atheists and religious conservatives battle over right to preach politics in church

IRS on hot coals after targeting churches

‘Major Victory’: Atheist group reveals what led to its settlement with the IRS over church politicking

The IRS’s God Complex: Is the Internal Revenue Service a threat to religious liberty?

Atheist groups rejoice over IRS decision to monitor churches. But should they?

IRS agrees to probe churches preaching politics, says settlement to atheist lawsuit

IRS strikes deal with atheists to monitor what your pastor says in church

Is the IRS planning to crack down on pastors and churches?

IRS promises atheist group to investigate ‘Pulpit Freedom’ churches

IRS promises atheists it will intrude on churches

IRS faces new grilling over targeting churches

IRS to atheists: Okay, we’ll investigate Pulpit Freedom Sunday pastors

IRS will monitor church activity

IRS promises atheists it will intrude on churches, America deserves details

IRS agrees to monitor churches for electioneering

Pulpit Freedom Sunday – Why sign up?

Can churches legally get involved in politics?

Six years into the Pulpit Initiative – Has the IRS responded?

Unmuzzling the bully pulpit | AMAC

Joel Osteen ‘Doesn’t Believe’ Churches Should Shun Politics, Says Brother-In-Law | Christian Post

Will IRS Crack Down on Church Politicking? | Sarah Posner at Religion Dispatches

Politicking and pulpits | Word & Way

Should We Be Taxing Churches?

Preaching “Politics” from the Pulpit | Erik Stanley at Speak Up Movement

Preaching politics from the pulpit | World Magazine

Rafael Cruz energizes Colorado Christians | Washington Times

Freedom and Power from the Pulpit Sept. 24 | Waxahachietx.com

Jim Garlow, Alliance Defending Freedom to Launch New Daily Commentary

“Evangelical body supports politicking in the pulpit” | Christian Century

Reformers want Congress to end ban on pulpit politicking | RNS at District Chronicles

“Green light for FFRF’s anti-church politicking suit” | FFRF

Christian Commission Seeks Congressional Intervention in Keeping the IRS Out of the Pulpit | Christian News Network

    Christian News Network: “The report shows that black churches have, for lack of a better word, gotten away with it for many years,” said Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), who helped to advise the Commission in the compilation of the report. “Simply put, this gets the IRS out of the pulpit.” ADF says that it would like to see the Johnson Amendment struck down in the courts. The amendment, passed in 1954 and introduced by then-Senator Lyndon Johnson, states that churches may not “participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.”


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Regulation of Church, Nonprofit Political Speech ‘Untenable,’ Report Finds

Fixing the 501(c)(3) Political Campaign Prohibition Mess | Christian Post

    Christian Post: Some churches deliberately engage in activities that violate the prohibition, but rarely face consequences. Since 2008, pastors across the United States (approximately 1,600 last year) have participated annually in “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” an initiative orchestrated by Alliance Defending Freedom in which pastors deliver sermons evaluating candidates for public office in light of Scripture. Some support or oppose candidates by name and send transcripts of their sermons to the IRS with a request to be audited. They hope to spark litigation on the constitutionality of the law, but the IRS has not taken up the challenge.


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Should politics return to the pulpit? | Orlando Sentinel

Reformers urge Congress to end ban on pulpit politicking | Religion News Service on Daily Times

Faith Reformers Work to Get IRS Out of the Pulpit | Charisma News

IRS shouldn’t ban clergy endorsements, commission says | Tennessean on StarPress.com

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