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.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2013
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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.


  • Posted: 08/19/2013
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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

Report argues for lifting ban on politics from the pulpit

Pulpit Freedom Sunday: Pastors Obeying God Rather Than Men | Engage Family Minute

Why big government is the goliath to be feared | GOPUSA

Recollecting the requirements of conscience: Why big government is the goliath to be feared | Robert Knight at Washington Times

Pastors Nationwide to Challenge Government Speech Regulations on ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ | ChristianNews.net

Pulpit Freedom Sunday this weekend; participants gather to fight marriage equality

“EGF congregation gets designation from group supporting equality for gays” | Grand Forks Herald

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

This Weekend Is Pulpit Freedom Sunday– With Slightly Different Emphasis

Learn More: Pulpit Freedom Sunday – June 9, 2013

Pulpit Freedom Sunday takes on controversial issues | Florida Today

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

Pastors to stand again for pulpit freedom this weekend | Alliance Defending Freedom

Mitch McClure Speaks On God’s Model For The Family Sunday | The Chattanoogan

IRS Apologizes, More Apologies Necessary | Erik Stanley at Christian Post

“Anti-Gay Pastors Video Uses Martin Luther King Jr.” | Opposing Views

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

Church Electioneering and the IRS: Another Example of Tax Agency Failure | Barry Lynn at Huffington 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

In Memoriam: Carol Garlow, Wife and Ministry Partner of Dr. Jim Garlow | NRB

    NRB: Our hearts join Jim’s and the tremendous number of others who are mourning the death of Carol Garlow,” commented Alliance Defending Freedom President, CEO, and General Counsel Alan Sears. “Her unwavering faith and perseverance was an example to many. She loved God, was a pillar of strength for her husband, and had an immense impact, including upon those of us who have worked closely with the Garlows in support of religious freedom. Our prayers are with Jim and the entire Garlow family.”


  • Posted: 04/25/2013
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Religion and politics 101: A Q&A with Rev. Steven Baines | MinnPost

    MinnPost: This past October, just a month before the election, the Alliance Defending Freedom, a very far-right religious organization in this country, prodded more than 1,500 clergy to stand up in their pulpit and directly oppose President Obama for re-election. We have filed many a complaint on the pastors to the IRS and we are a little frankly disappointed that so far we have not seen any action. MP: It’s interesting that you mentioned the Alliance. They were active here in the last two electoral cycles working to loosen our campaign finance and public disclosure laws in preparation for some of the issues on the Minnesota ballot. Is there a countervailing force?


  • Posted: 04/25/2013
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Skyline Church Pastor Jim Garlow’s Wife Passes Away After Battle With Cancer

LBJ and the sixty-year assault on the First Amendment

“Marriage” Mayhem: Religious Freedom Being Trampled in the Scuffle

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

The Pastor, the Pulpit, and Politics | Faith and Liberty Talkshow at Ohio Christian U.

The Crumbling Wall of Separation | RealTruth.org

Does the Gun-Control Legislation Violate Separation of Church and State? | Jordan Lorence at NRO

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

Nigeria: Should Religious Organisations Pay Taxes?

New legal services site launched to protect religious organizations from ‘dark legal clouds gathering across our nation’

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

Saving the Preachers: The Tax Code’s Prohibition on Church Electioneering (2012) | Nicholas P. Cafardi at Duquesne U.

Politicking From the Pulpit and the Tax Man: Thanks to IRS inaction, preachers aren’t sure what they can say about election matters. | WSJ

Pastors challenge IRS rule with partisan talk | The Press Enterprise

Pastors Defy IRS Rule on Church and Politics

How US churches exploit tax exemption to promote faith-based politics | The Guardian

Pastors Challenge IRS Rule With Partisan Talk | NBC Bay Area

IRS Accused of Losing $100 Billion a Year by Allowing Politicized Churches to Remain Tax-Exempt

Study shows impact of pulpit politics | Cal. Family Council

Atheist Group Sues IRS Over Church Involvement in Political Campaigns

Atheist group sues IRS over churches endorsing politics | World

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