Religious Leaders Nationwide Defy The IRS To Endorse Political Candidates On ‘pulpit Freedom Sunday’ | The Blaze

Churches Participate in ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ | WSET.com (ABC 13 includes video)

Pastors to take on IRS in plan to preach politics from the pulpit | Fox News (Oct. 7)

Why I Am Participating in Pulpit Freedom Sunday | Wayne Grudem at the Christian Post

    Wayne Grudem at the Christian Post: This Sunday I have agreed to join nearly 1,500 pastors nationwide and participate in Pulpit Freedom Sunday, sponsored by Alliance Defending Freedom. In my sermon, I plan to recommend that people vote for one presidential candidate and one political party that I will name. We will then all send our sermons to the IRS . . . I fully understand that many pastors might never want to endorse a candidate from the pulpit (I have never done so before and I might never do so again). But that should be the decision of the pastors and their churches, just as it was in 1860 when many pastors (rightly) decided they had to tell citizens to vote for Abraham Lincoln in order to end the horrible evil of slavery. When the government censors what pastors can preach, I think it is an unconstitutional violation of freedom of religion and freedom of speech.
    Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/why-i-am-participating-in-pulpit-freedom-sunday-82838/#ymKj3kGtMOKhmdT6.99


  • Posted: 10/08/2012
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Preaching Politics from the Pulpit | GalesburgPlanet.com

Churches’ misplaced outrage | Journal Gazette (Bloomberg View Editorial)

‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ Pastors Don’t Care About Religious Freedom | The Daily Beast

    Daily Beast: Boosted by dutiful Fox News coverage and an always-zeitgeisty endorsement from Mike Huckabee, the fifth annual “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” will culminate in copies of hundreds of illegal sermons being mailed to the IRS to challenge its restriction on tax-exempt organizations endorsing political candidates. According to the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Christian-right group behind the protest, “the future of religious freedom” depends on your pastor being allowed to tell you how to vote . . . The pointlessness of the Johnson Amendment does not, however, make Pulpit Freedom Sunday a righteous cause. Contrary to the ADF’s apocalyptic rhetoric, the electioneering restriction does approximately zero harm to religious freedom. In fact, it might as well not exist: in the five years since Pulpit Freedom Sunday began, the IRS has been essentially saying, We don’t give a damn what you say in your sermon. The agency has ignored the protest, and its officials have consistently downplayed its interest in prosecuting churches for illegal campaigning. The IRS’s internal bar for beginning an electioneering-related audited is extraordinarily high. Ironically, IRS action against electioneering churches has been so nonexistent that the Pulpit Freedom pastors are complaining about how little the agency enforces the law. “It’s frustrating,” an ADF lawyer told The New York Times in 2011. “The law is on the books but they don’t enforce it.”


  • Posted: 10/08/2012
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  • Source: www.thedailybeast.com

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Central La. clerics will share spiritual messages on Pulpit Freedom Sunday | The Town Talk (Oct. 7)

Pastors To Challenge IRS On Political Endorsement Ban | International Business Times

    IBTimes.com: The Alliance Defending Freedom, formerly known as the Alliance Defense Fund, began organizing its “Pulpit Free Sunday” in 2008 in response to the IRS regulation. The ADF is a Christian legal ministry that specializes in taking cases where they believe “religious liberty” is at stake, most notably in defense of businesses or organizations that discriminate against gays and lesbians . . . “The IRS has the ability and 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,” Stanley told CNN. “It is all about creating a test case to find the Johnson amendment as unconstitutional.” . . . CNN reports ADF, which some critics have accused of being a Republican front group, was unable to put them in touch with a church that plans to endorse President Barack Obama this Sunday.


  • Posted: 10/08/2012
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WWJD*? Pulpit Freedom Sunday Likely to Bring Slams Against Obama, Romney | Kelly Phillips Erb at Forbes

Pastors To Send IRS Message On Political Speech | U-T San Diego

    U-T San Diego: “My confidence is not in Republicans or Democrats. My confidence is not in Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. I don’t believe either party or either person can provide ultimately to America what is needed,” Garlow said. “I have strong confidence, extremely strong confidence, that biblical principles, if they are followed, can turn a nation in deep trouble around. And we are in a moral and economic free fall.” He added: “My energy is going to be talking about what are the biblical issues at stake in this year’s election. It will include the national debt, economic principles, concern for the poor, the definition of marriage, abortion and the understanding of productivity in free enterprise.” . . . Representatives for the Alliance Defending Freedom and others said they believe the provision violates the First Amendment. The organization hopes the IRS will take action, ultimately landing the issue in court, where it could be challenged as unconstitutional.


  • Posted: 10/08/2012
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Central La. clerics will share spiritual messages on Pulpit Freedom Sunday | TheTownTalk.com

Pastors’ sermons will defy IRS rules | St. Louis Today

Pastoral group aims to overturn political speech amendment | KJRH.com

    KJRH.com: When Ron Johnson takes take his pulpit on Sunday, he will willfully break the law. After presenting his views on President Barack Obama’s handling of religious issues — like abortion, gay marriage, and religious freedom – Johnson will ask his congregation a question.
    “In light of what I have presented,” Johnson says he will say, “How can you go into that election booth and vote for Barack Obama as president of the United States?” . . . The goal: Force the IRS to come down on these churches so that the Alliance Defending Freedom, whose network includes 2,200 attorneys, can test the Johnson Amendment’s constitutionality. “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 Eric Stanley, Alliance Defending Freedom’s senior legal counsel. “It is all about creating a test case to find the Johnson amendment as unconstitutional.”


  • Posted: 10/08/2012
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Pastors plan to preach politics during Sunday protest | KSN.com

Pew Forum Releases Guide Regarding Politics and the Pulpit | Michael Gryboski at Christian Post

Free speech applies to pulpit | Zack Plair at Paragould Daily Press

    Zack Plair at Paragould Daily Press: Politics in general have no place in the pulpit, and I was encouraged, if not a bit surprised, by the number of local pastors representing churches from diverse denominations who clearly took that stance during interviews this week with The Daily Press about the national Pulpit Freedom Sunday movement . . . In fact, all of the pastors interviewed for Thursday’s story expressed unwillingness to participate in the mass movement scheduled to make landfall this Sunday, and the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is sponsoring the pulpit event, never provided any information indicating that any Greene County churches would participate. One local minister, acting First United Methodist Church pastor Angie Gage, told The Daily Press she thought there needed to be a line between religion and politics, and endorsing a candidate in the pulpit would be a misuse of her position . . . But the government in this case is misusing its position, too, and violating the First Amendment by trying to dictate to a certain degree what can be said in church pulpits.


  • Posted: 10/08/2012
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  • Source: www.paragoulddailypress.com

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Pastors to defy IRS on political endorsements | Salon

Clergy Challenge IRS Ban on Church Political Endorsements | Philanthropy Today

Why Pulpit Freedom Sunday is a Really Terrible Idea | Tim Suttle at Patheos

    Tim Suttle at Patheos: This Sunday morning hundreds of pastors will participate in what is being called, “Pulpit Freedom Sunday.” The program is the creation of a conservative political action group called the Alliance Defending Freedom, formerly known as the Alliance Defense Fund (you can read a little bit about them here). The agenda behind Pulpit Freedom Sunday is to entice pastors to openly endorse a presidential candidate from their pulpit during a Sunday morning worship service, then to send evidence of the endorsement to the IRS, hoping that the IRS will bring a case against the church to revoke their non-profit status . . . I think Pulpit Freedom Sunday is a really bad idea. For one thing, it’s a rude intrusion of Pharaoh’s government into the sacred space of the worship of the one true God.


  • Posted: 10/08/2012
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Clerical Error? Local pastors question wisdom of pulpit politics | Raymond Billy at Daily Progress

Pulpit Freedom Sunday: Pastors Challenge IRS Ban On Political Endorsements | Huffington Post

Pastors to Challenge IRS on Pulpit Freedom Sunday | CBN

Keep politicking out of religious services | Gerald L. Zelizer at Livingston Daily

October 7 – Pulpit Freedom Sunday | One News Now

1,500 Pastors to Challenge IRS Restriction on ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’

Pastors preach politics: take on IRS | WBRZ.com

Local clergy plan to defy federal law | Fox 5 San Diego

1,500 Ministers To Preach On Politics | WorldNetDaily

Political Pastors’ Speech Is Free but Not Tax-Exempt | Bloomberg Editors

1,200 pastors to flout IRS regulations, speak out on politics from the pulpit Sunday | LifeSiteNews

Pulpit Freedom Sunday — Should the Church Be Tax-Exempt? | Steve Siebold at Huffington Post

    Steve Siebold at the Huffington Post: An army of more than 1,000 pastors from around the country will take on the IRS this coming Sunday by participating in what’s being called “Pulpit Freedom Sunday.” Under the Johnson Amendment, tax-exempt organizations, including churches, are not allowed to endorse any candidate running for elective public office. The real issue behind Pulpit Freedom Sunday is whether or not free speech reigns irrefutably over tax-exempt organizations, or should groups such as churches be permitted to make political recommendations to its members? And beyond that, the even larger question is why are churches still classified as tax-exempt? . . . It’s time for the government to stop subsidizing religion and phase out this special privilege of tax-exemptions to churches. Pastors and church leaders need to make a choice: feel free to talk politics all they want from the pulpit, but be willing to pay the consequences.


  • Posted: 10/03/2012
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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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Your Church’s Involvement In The 2012 Election

ADF: “Grand total: More than 1,000 pastors to challenge IRS”

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

Pulpit Freedom Sunday | Ventura County Star

Pastors Preaching Politics From Pulpit | WSET ABC 13 – Virginia

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

Pulpit Freedom Sunday | Fayobserver

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

Freeing America’s pulpits from government censorship | Daily Caller

    Daily Caller: n the classic movie “The Sting,” Paul Newman explains to Robert Redford that in the most sophisticated swindles, the victim never even figures out he’s been conned. Well, America’s churches got swindled big time in 1954. They lost their freedom of speech and a significant part of their freedom of religion . . . Now a group of lawyers, The Alliance Defending Freedom, has organized a campaign to force a test case. For the last four years, pastors across America have banded together on Pulpit Freedom Sunday to speak out on elections one Sunday a year, and send their sermons to the IRS. Last year 539 pastors participated and the IRS blinked once again. This year’s PFS will be October 7. Every Pastor who believes his or her pulpit should be free from government censorship should sign up and participate at PulpitFreedom.org.


  • Posted: 09/20/2012
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Pastors pledge to defy IRS, preach politics from pulpit ahead of election | Fox News

Colorado Ministry Should Lose Tax Exemption Says Americans United

Freedom in the Pulpit

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

What America Needs is Pastors That Will Speak Up!

    Nathan A. Cherry at Engage Family Minute: My desire is to leave behind a country my kids and grand-kids can be proud of. To that end I am committed to standing against people and policies that would strip those rights. I find it confusing, to say the least, when pastors have no desire or interest in speaking on issues that are pertinent to the lives of every person in their congregation. These issues are biblical, moral issues that have been hijacked by society and called “political” in order to silence pastors, Christians, and remove the influence for biblical positions they would encourage . . . If you need more encouragement check out “Five Reasons Your Participation is Vital” by the Alliance Defending Freedom. . . . Pulpit Freedom Sunday is Oct 7th this year. Consider Pastor Baird’s testimony and what you can do to take part.


  • Posted: 09/17/2012
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  • Source: engagefamilyminute.com

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Americans United for Separation of Church and State Tries To Scare Churches | Erik Stanley

Americans United Asks IRS To Investigate El Paso Church That Urged Parishioners To Vote Against Obama

El Paso Catholic church bulletin urges Obama defeat