Video: Eric Metaxas on Bonhoeffer, the Church and Politics | Acton Institute

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

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

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

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Jarrett’s Partisan Rant Should Put IRS Rule in Spotlight

Barry Lynn: “Did Obama Official Go Too Far in Atlanta Church Speech?”

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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

Valerie Jarrett Blasts Republicans from the Pulpit

Partisanship in the pulpit, then and now: Prohibition Johnson put through in 1954 could face court challenges

    National Catholic Reporter (12/28): This quietude of the courts could well change. The conservative Alliance Defense Fund recruited a group of more than 30 pastors to preach explicitly on the moral qualities of the candidates on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008, which they deemed “Pulpit Freedom Sunday.” As Mayer notes, the group “then made a list of the participating pastors and churches public, in effect daring the IRS to investigate them.” The Internal Revenue Service may be reluctant to get into a clash with a church, but at some point, the government must enforce its own laws, and a challenge to the constitutionality of the proscription on partisanship in the pulpits may come before the courts.

  • Posted: 01/03/2012
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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

FFRF contests Calif. pastor’s political endorsements

2011 Pulpit Freedom Sunday a Success | Dakota Voice

Family Policy Council starts campaign to help pastors register ‘pro-life and pro-family’ voters | Florida Independent

Threats target church after stand for Bible | WorldNetDaily

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”

Pastors hope for a louder, unrestricted voice in 2012 election

Recall lawyer: Churches helped circulate petitions against El Paso mayor, city reps

I-Team: Origin Of District Attorney’s Investigation Into Tom Brown Revealed

Pulpit Freedom Sunday Clarifies the Need for Clarity | OMB Watch

Legal Battles Continue For El Paso Mayor

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.

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First Amendment Group Offers Free Legal Counsel For Pastor Brown | KTSM News Channel 9

ADF attorneys defend church’s right to speak out for El Paso citizens

Politics and the Pulpit | Open Salon

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

Alan E. Sears: Why Pastors Must Be Free To Preach On Politics

Where does church end and state begin? | The Washington Post

Coast to Coast, ADF Stands in Defense of Religious Freedom

Values Voter Summit partner calls IRS rule restricting religious leaders from endorsing candidates ‘dumb’ | The American Independent

Warroad church pastor touts pulpit freedom again | Grand Forks Herald, North Dakota

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

“Pulpit Freedom Sunday blasted by group advocating separation of church and state” | The Colorado Independent

“Group pushes pulpit politics” | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC

Pastors nationwide defy IRS regulation, address politics on “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” | Beliefnet

“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

The secret is out: Churches have always been tax exempt! |

“500 Pastors to Bait IRS Today on ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’” | Tax Prof Blog

“Why pastors shouldn’t play politics from pulpit” | Alaska Dispatch

“More Pastors Sign on to Preach Politics From Pulpit” | Christian Post

Erik Stanley: “IRS has no business telling pastors how to choose their words: 1st Amendment comes before tax regulations”

Erik Stanley: Pulpit Freedom for Nearly 500 American Pastors – Dakota Voice

“Pastors who play politics from the pulpit” – Christian Science Monitor

“Clergy warned about ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’”

Pastors Gearing up for Pulpit Freedom Sunday Oct. 2, 2011

LA Times Editorial: Preachers, choose your words wisely

Church challenged re: ‘politicking’

The pulpit & politics

Minn. Pastor Cautiously Maneuvers IRS Guidelines to Support Bachmann

Erik Stanley: For Free Speech, Give Up Your Tax Exempt Status

Rob Boston: Memphis Church Gets Political: “Are You Listening IRS?”

“Love Your Neighbor ministry seeks used cookbook donations”

TN: Groups say Bellevue church is in violation of tax-exempt status

Citing IRS Code, El Paso Bishop Disciplines Priest Who Condemned Homosexual “Unions”