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The IRS And 'Pulpit Freedom': No One Is Off The No-Electioneering Hook Yet

The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has announced it will hold another "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" on Sept. 27.

You might recall that during this event, the Religious Right legal outfit urges pastors to openly break the law by endorsing and/or opposing candidates from the pulpit. The group sponsored the first "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" on Sept. 28, 2008.

Bypassing Booth: Minn. Pastor Dodges IRS Investigation – For Now

A couple months ago, I blogged about a lively debate I attended about politics and the pulpit.

It was an afternoon bringing together people from the entire political spectrum. Participants on a panel, including AU Executive Director Barry W. Lynn, discussed a provision in federal tax law that prohibits tax-exempt, non-profit organizations – including religious institutions – from endorsing or opposing candidates.

Partisan Preacher: IRS Should Revoke Florida Evangelist's Tax-Exempt Status

More evidence has come to light that the Internal Revenue Service is cracking down on religious ministries that violate federal law by endorsing or opposing candidates for public office.

The St. Petersburg Times reports today that Bill Keller, who runs a TV and Internet ministry in that city, has been contacted by the IRS and asked to supply information about his political activities.

Hurricane Gus Update: Church Politicking Scheme Is Category 4 Threat To American Democracy

The Rev. Gus Booth is one of a handful of clergy who plan to endorse political candidates from the pulpit this Sunday as part of a Religious Right scheme to turn churches into a right-wing political machine.

Booth, pastor of the Warroad Community Church in Warroad, Minn., says he has every right to tell his parishioners how to vote.

Errant Exercise: New Project Gives Evangelical Clergy Bad Advice On Electioneering

The Religious Right just can't seem to give it a rest this election season.

"The Free Exercise Thereof Project," a new front group of Religious Right leaders, has just sent out an email to evangelical pastors urging them to get involved in the election process. (See a letter similar to the e-mail here.)

Tax Fix: ADF 'Pulpit Initiative' Sparks Ethics And Tax Exemption Complaints

If I were a lawyer working for the Alliance Defense Fund, saying my week was off to a bad start would be the biggest understatement of my career.

The prominent Religious Right legal group seems to have landed itself in some deep trouble after spending the last few weeks encouraging churches across the country to violate federal tax law on Sept. 28 by endorsing candidates from the pulpit.

Sermons For Separation: Ohio Pastor Counters Religious Right Church-Electioneering Scheme

A Columbus, Ohio, minister has come up with a great idea to counter Religious Right propaganda about churches and partisan politics.

On Sept. 21, the Rev. Eric Williams, senior pastor of North Congregational United Church of Christ, is calling on pastors throughout the country to preach sermons on the importance of church-state separation. The action comes exactly one week ahead of "Pulpit Freedom Sunday," an Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) scheme to draw churches into illegal electioneering.

Caught In The Web: Partisan Pulpit Politicking Surfaces Online For The World -- And The IRS -- To See

At the end of this week, the Republican National Convention will come to a close and move the 2008 election season into its final months.

With the new VP picks on the tickets and the buzz surrounding the conventions, it wouldn't be surprising if more religious leaders have the urge to spout off on their picks for the president (and vice president) from the pulpit.

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