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Pastors Plan Political-Pulpit Blitz to Challenge IRS Ban

Conservative pastors aren't waiting for the IRS to pick a fight— they're taking the fight to the IRS by asserting their self-declared constitutional right to endorse candidates from the pulpit.

The Alliance Defense Fund, which calls itself the antithesis of the ACLU, has organized "Pulpit Freedom Sunday." On September 28, recruited religious leaders will give political sermons, endorsing or opposing politicians by name and in violation of their nonprofit status. The ADF hopes the IRS will then drag the clergy into federal court, presenting a chance to challenge on First Amendment grounds the tax-collectors' rule against political endorsements by tax-exempt houses of worship.

A different set of Christian and Jewish leaders have asked the IRS to step in before the ADF's plan to tell believers how to vote can happen. Two pastors in Ohio have asked pastors to use the weekend before the challenge to preach about the value of church-state separation.

Would you rather see freedom of speech or separation of church and state win this legal battle?


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