Ministers to Defy I.R.S. by Endorsing Candidates

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By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
Published: September 25, 2008

Defying a federal tax law they consider unjust, 33 ministers across the country will take to their pulpits this Sunday and publicly endorse a candidate for president.

They plan to then send copies of their sermons to the Internal Revenue Service, hoping to provoke a challenge to a law that bars religious organizations and other nonprofits that accept tax-deductible contributions from involvement in partisan political campaigns.

The protest, called Pulpit Freedom Sunday, was organized by the Alliance Defense Fund, a consortium of Christian lawyers that fights for conservative religious and social causes. When the fund first announced the protest this year, it said it planned to have 50 ministers taking part. As of Thursday it said it had hundreds of volunteers, but had selected only 33 who were fully aware of the risks and benefits.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/26/us...VX8MwTUw2ZuKAw

Making suggestions or providing guidance over the moral issues in an election is one thing... full on endorsement of candidates by official church leaders seems like crossing the line. Honestly do we want a country so heavily influenced by churches in this way? Should politicians be so heavily intertwined with clergy?