“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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  • Source: nrb.org

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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

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

FFRF Challenging Pastors’ Free Speech | One News Now

Atheist Group Sues Over Religious Electioneering

FFRF Sues IRS Over Non-Enforcement of Electioneering Restrictions On Churches

Freedom from Religion to expand | WI State Journal

FFRF contests bishops’ electioneering

FFRF questions ‘vote biblical’ campaign, urges IRS to investigate Billy Graham

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

Soros-funded group accuses Catholic bishops of ‘electioneering’ for Romney | LifeSiteNews

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

Religion And Politics: IRS Not Enforcing Rules On Separation Of Church And State | Huffington Post (AP)

    Huffington Post (AP): Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which seeks strict limits on religious involvement in politics, and the Alliance Defending Freedom, which considers the regulations unconstitutional government intrusion, scour the political landscape for any potential cases. While Americans United gathers evidence it hopes will prompt an IRS investigation, the Alliance Defending Freedom jumps in to provide a defense. Neither group knows of any IRS contact with houses of worship over political activity since the 2009 federal ruling . . . Last month, more than 1,500 pastors, organized by the Alliance Defending Freedom, endorsed a candidate from the pulpit and then sent a record of their statement to the IRS, hoping their challenge would eventually end up in court. The Alliance has organized the event, called “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” since 2008. The IRS has never contacted a pastor involved in the protest.


  • Posted: 11/05/2012
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IRS Backs Off Churches on Politics | The Church Report

    The Church Report: Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which seeks strict limits on religious involvement in politics, and the Alliance Defending Freedom, which considers the regulations unconstitutional government intrusion, scour the political landscape for any potential cases. While Americans United gathers evidence it hopes will prompt an IRS investigation, the Alliance Defending Freedom jumps in to provide a defense. Neither group knows of any IRS contact with houses of worship over political activity since the 2009 federal ruling . . . Last month, more than 1,500 pastors, organized by the Alliance Defending Freedom, endorsed a candidate from the pulpit and then sent a record of their statement to the IRS, hoping their challenge would eventually end up in court. The Alliance has organized the event, called “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” since 2008. The IRS has never contacted a pastor involved in the protest.


  • Posted: 11/05/2012
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In the Spirit: Madison pastor scraps plans to challenge IRS with sermon | Wisc. State J.

Poll: 29% of pastors discuss candidates in pulpit

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

A Record-Setting 1,500 Pastors Deliberately Break Law, Yet Fail To Provoke IRS

War of words rages over church sign

Americans United Urges IRS To Investigate Texas Church That Urged Votes For ‘The Mormon, Not The Muslim’

Billy Graham: Vote for Biblical Values This Nov. 6 | Joe Infranco at Townhall

Campaigning for God | Rev. Matthew Stewart at Herald News

    Rev. Matthew Stewart at Herald News: I’ve been interested over the past few months to watch the group of American pastors called the Alliance Defending Freedom, who organized an event they called Pulpit Freedom Sunday. On this day, these pastors publicly endorsed political candidates from the pulpit. They then sent their sermons in to the Internal Revenue Service, in deliberate protest of the IRS’s policy that tax-exempt organizations like churches need to refrain from endorsing political candidates. Now, on the one hand, I really do admire what these pastors are doing, standing up for what they believe to be the truth (and risking a whole lot of their church’s money in doing it). All throughout history, faith communities have needed to stand up for their rights vis-à-vis the state and, though I don’t think the Alliance Defending Freedom’s cause puts them in the same league as Thomas Becket or Óscar Romero, I do think there is something to be said for their courage. But, on the other hand, I think the Alliance Defending Freedom is misguided.


  • Posted: 10/23/2012
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Time for pastors and churches to voice their opinions | Randy Bright at Tulsa Beacon

    Randy Bright at the Tulsa Beacon:Unfortunately, I can no longer advise churches that a well-developed master plan won’t be obsolete within a few years of completion. Typically, a master plan is approved by the city as part of its normal site plan review, and the hope is that, once approved, the city would honor it in perpetuity even if it adopts a new form-based code. But there is no longer a guarantee of that . . . If you are not already aware of Pulpit Freedom Sunday, it is time to learn about it and get involved. In 1954, the Johnson Amendment led us to believe that pastors could never say anything political from the pulpit under the threat that the church’s tax-exempt status could be taken away. This has effectively muzzled the church, and we are now paying the consequences of that silence . . . Pulpit Freedom Sunday – a movement sponsored by Alliance Defending Freedom – is an effort to restore our freedoms by challenging the IRS to enforce the Johnson Amendment against pastors who preach politics from the pulpit. [more]


  • Posted: 10/18/2012
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Pulpit Freedom: Should Churches Endorse Political Candidates? | Adam Cohen at TIME

    Adam Cohen at TIME: The impact this will have on the election this year, though interesting, is not really the point. Pulpit Freedom Sunday is trying to completely rewrite the rules so that in future elections, churches around the country will be free to actively politick. If the full force of the nation’s religious institutions is unleashed, it could have a powerful effect on future elections. The Alliance Defending Freedom insists that pastors have a right to preach “biblical Truth about candidates and elections from their pulpits” – and that “the future of religious freedom” depends on it. Supporters of the movement argue that the IRS policy is an infringement on religious liberty, and that churches are being discriminated against. But these complaints are unpersuasive. What they are objecting to is really a matter of tax policy – and it is a policy that is broadly applied.


  • Posted: 10/16/2012
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  • Source: ideas.time.com

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Burlington, Iowa, church called out for judicial retention pamphlet

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

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

A Record-Setting 1,500 Pastors Deliberately Break Law, Yet Fail To Provoke IRS | Christianity Today

More voices on Pulpit Freedom Sunday | Indy Blog

Did you hear about the 1,500 preachers breaking the law? | Mark Tapscott at the Washington Examiner