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Religious Freedom For All: Another Dream Of Dr. Martin Luther King

Note: Today is the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. This blog post is a re-publication on an item that originally appeared on Jan. 13, 2006.

Today marks the federal observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Since his tragic assassination on April 4, 1968, King's memory has been pressed into service in highly unusual ways that King himself would not have supported.

Partisan Pulpits?: House Race In Chicago Brings Candidates To Church

Should churches be cogs in a candidate’s political machine?

The American people overwhelmingly tell pollsters that they do not want houses of worship to be politicized. And federal law forbids churches, like other tax-exempt nonprofits, to intervene in partisan campaigns.

Yet some misguided clergy keep bending the rules. According to today’s New York Times, candidates for a vacant U.S. House seat in Chicago are targeting churches to win support, and some pastors seem to be misusing their positions to help favored office seekers.