Today, more than 1,000 religious leaders all across the country are acting in defiance of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and endorsing political candidates from the pulpit. In 1954 the tax code was amended to say that tax-exempt organizations– like churches– are prohibited from making political endorsements, but many are apparently done being silent.
The issue has people torn for several reasons. Even if they don’t appreciate the IRS controlling religious speech, many are grateful for the break from politics that church provides. Some say, depending on their political views, that they’re simply uninterested in hearing a politically-charged sermon on universal healthcare, or that they don’t want their religious leaders telling them how to vote. Others say it’s a violation of our religious liberties for pastors not to be able to speak on the pressing matters of the day.
So what do the participating religious leaders hope to accomplish?
According to reports, they plan on recording their sermons and sending them to the IRS with the hope the IRS will actually take the matter to court. In the past, the IRS has apparently issued threats and notices, but typically stops short of legal action.
But some of the movement’s strongest detractors, like gay rights activist Rev. Susan Russell, claim it is all an excuse to “jam theocracy down throats.” Others call this particular fight for religious freedom “bogus.”
Tax churches and let them say whatever the hell they want. Problem solved.Source: theblaze.com