Ministers Defy US Law, Endorse Political Candidates from Pulpit

If you needed more proof that U.S. Anglican churches are trying to insinuate themselves in national politics, look no further.

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.

No. Politicking from the pulpit = you lose your tax exempt status. Do not pass go, do not collect 200 souls.

It is time for the federal courts to make this very clear: the United States government is secular. Recent attempts to appease “the Christian base” have resulted in a sense of entitlement that’s completely without basis in law. Christians have no greater right than any other religious group in this country, and their continued insistence that they are “victims” cannot be allowed to continue. They constitute the largest organized religion in the United States. Christianity outnumbers every other religious group by a factor of at least three. They have used their culture of victimhood to push a political agenda that must not be allowed to go any further.

Anglican churches are counting on this gambit as an in to overturn a founding principle of our Constitution. These churches need to lose their tax exempt status and the initiative submitted to the IRS needs to be denied.

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16 responses to “Ministers Defy US Law, Endorse Political Candidates from Pulpit

  1. This has nothing to do with your post but I saw this and laughed so hard I thought you being a nurse might enjoy a good laugh also. Link

  2. ROFL! Oops…..

  3. Now about your post:
    The courts cannot intervene in theis matter. The courts would be voilating free speech.

  4. Mmmm, not so much. As it says in this article, it has less to do with free speech than it has to do with politicking from the pulpit. :

    The protest is challenging an amendment to the tax code passed by Congress in 1954 saying that charitable organizations known as 501(c)(3)’s, which accept tax-deductible contributions, cannot intervene in political campaigns. The legislation was intended to prevent nonprofit organizations from funneling money and resources to political candidates.

    It goes on to say that many members of the clergy support that ruling. A professor from George Washington University Law School was interviewed as well:

    “It’s settled law,” Professor Tuttle said. “People can unsettle law that’s settled, but I think that it is very, very unlikely that a lower federal court would reach any other conclusion except that religious organizations have no constitutional right to engage in political speech while accepting deductible contributions.”

    So, you can be a church, keep your tax free status and keep your fingers out of politics, or you can bloody well pay taxes like the rest of us.

  5. In that case, so should unions, Girl Scouts, and school teachers from endorsing candidates. I observed in one school a teacher who gave the students an assignment to make a poster to support the candidate of their choice. Afterwards any student which did not support the candidate of the teacher was ostersized and humiliated in class.

  6. Was the teacher reported? Are schools non profit, charitable orgs? Are unions? If the answer to the qeustions above are: no, no, and no (which I believe is the case for question 2 & 3 [I was married to a teamster for 10 years. Trust me. “Charitable” is not a word that can be applied easily to that organization. Not that I’m badmouthing the teamsters. Lovely guys. Just not what I’d call a charity].)….then I’m not understanding the issue. However….yeah, the teacher shoulda been smacked around.

  7. Yes, but it didn’t do any good the liberal judges and faculty were against her. She didn’t stand a fair chance.

  8. Christians breaking the law, as usual. Problem is, they keep getting away with it. Not only did they break the law, they got their message out to their sheep, and because of all this coverage, they reached a much larger audience, which was obviously their whole point. I mean, who doesn’t know the Evangelical community is entrenched in the republican party?

  9. Mean while the media allows Rev. Wright to preach hatred, Black supremecy, and terrorist acts against America and Americans. Where is the outrage? Isn’t or at least wasn’t, Barack Obama a member of Rev. Wright’s flock? Upon hearing the messages of hate spewing out of Wright’s mouth I would have called for his removal! But Obama sat idle. Question is why did Barack remain idle? Because he agrees with Rev. Wright’s message. Obama was discipled but the hatred which spewed from Wrights mouth.

  10. leftcoastlibrul

    So, exactly how many times is he supposed to decry what the Rev. Wright has said before he’s no longer “sitting idle”? As he’s done so numerous times. It seems people hear what they want to hear.

    It is not illegal for the Rev. Wright to say what he said, even if it is despairing, angry and provocative. It IS illegal for a church… ANY church, regardless of denomination or religion….to attempt to involve itself in politics.

  11. Come on Obama is playing politics. He sat under Rev. Wright for what 20 years and when this is brought in to the light he now decrys what REv Wright says. It’s not illegal…it’s inciting a riot and it is illegal.

  12. leftcoastlibrul

    So essentially, you’re saying that it doesn’t matter how many times he vocally disavows what was said, secretly he agrees with it, and he’s just playing politics?

    Wow. Even I don’t have the stones to assert that I know, without a shadow of a doubt, John McCain’s motives. I may not agree with the man politically, but I do know he loves this country and I believe that if he says he disagrees with something that’s said, he means it.

    It seems you’re trying to find reasons to hate Obama; that disagreeing with his policies isn’t enough, you have to dislike him as a person as well, and anything that may redeem him even a LITTLE in your eyes must be a deception.

  13. It’s like this, Obama sat listening to Rev. Wrights teachings for 20 years with out leaving the church. I’d say he had many oportunities to vocally disavow or leave the church but he did not. That shows bad judgement and/or lack of character. Both are not the qualities I look for in a president.

    What qualities to you look for in a president?

  14. leftcoastlibrul

    I’m sorry, are you asserting that Rev. Wright said those things in every single sermon? Did you sit in his church? Did you watch them all?

    I play a lot of poker. One of the things I’ve noticed on those poker shows is that they only really show the exciting hands. There aren’t exciting hands as often as is portrayed. Usually you sit there and scratch for anything better than a pair, and it may be about 15 minutes between hands you even decide to play. Has it occurred to you that quite possibly, the Rev. Wright thing is anything like that at all? That what’s been shown is inflammatory, yes, and provocative…but not what gets said every sermon? That the vast majority of the time, what he preached was God?

    Can you explain why it’s any less acceptable than a Baptist preacher calling for the destruction of Muslims? And perhaps you can tell me why it’s not okay for a black man who has seen others of his race beaten down, many times unfairly, to be angry at the government allowing it to happen. I’d say that unless you’re a minority, you’ve likely not experienced the kind of racism he has. That doesn’t excuse his comment, but it certainly makes it a bit more understandable.

    I think that someone who works hard to overcome the two strikes against him with which he was born (black, single parent), wins a scholarship to a very good school, goes on law school and becomes president of that school’s law review (and not just any law school; Harvard Law)…shows a REMARKABLE amount of character. That a man who can rise from obscurity, help his community, become a voice for tolerance and charity….that shows an AMAZING amount of good judgment.

    I am tired of Republicans asserting that they have a patent on morality. Especially when there are so many obvious examples to the contrary. One only has to look at John McCain and Charles Keating. Why is it we’re not hearing about THAT lapse of “judgment and character”? Or the fact that he left his first wife with nothing because she was disabled and then married his mistress? Or that he takes money from telecom lobbyists?

    Don’t try to pawn off your racism as a distaste for “lack of judgment and character.” It doesn’t hold water. Not if you’re supporting John McCain.

  15. lcl said: I’m sorry, are you asserting that Rev. Wright said those things in every single sermon? Did you sit in his church? Did you watch them all?

    I don’t have to sit in every single sermon to formulate an opinion. I have listened to enough of Rev. Wright sermons to know he teaches racism and hatred towards white people. Link

    If a white minister said those against blacks you would be call that minister and his followers racist. Rev. Wright is a racist for his teachings. And if I was attending a church which taught racism as did Rev. Wright I would have left the church. His teachings actually hinder his race by keeping them victims. There are better ways than his racist teachings.

    I have worked in inner Chicago, an area called Cabrini Green. Link I was asked to become a cop with two others who walked a beat in the Cabrini Green area. I thought about it, I am not a cop. at times the work I did kept me over night in Cabrini Green. I had no fear of my life.

    BTW, I am part Choctaw and Alaskan Native. I have had racist comments shouted at me. I’ve been to Africa to build a home for homeless Kenyan children who were being killed by their goverment just for being homeless and begging tourist for money. I listened to a 5 year old child tell his story that at the age of 4 years he spent 1 year in prison. There is no youth prison, so this child had to work on the chain gang with adult criminals. My adopted Kenyan name is Msai Mwangi.

    lcl said: Can you explain why it’s any less acceptable than a Baptist preacher calling for the destruction of Muslims?…..
    It’s just as wrong!!! I am not a Baptist. I’m a follower of Christ, not religion! I have no problem counseling a woman that abortion is morally wrong, in a loving non-condemning manner. If they decide to have an abortion I would be there to welcome them with open arms.

    lcl said: I am tired of Republicans asserting that they have a patent on morality. I am not a Republican. Fact: I am a registered Democrat who will not be voting for Obama.

  16. leftcoastlibrul

    I’d say you need to sit through more than a few clips on Youtube to have at least an informed opinion. As I said earlier, what has been shown (at least according to several members of his church) is not indicative of what is normally preached in his church. What was shown was meant to inflame and anger. And it succeeded admirably. And saying that black people are suppressed and discriminated against is hardly racist.

    Anecdote does not equal data. Different people react in different ways to different experiences. It is not rational to expect everyone to react to the racism in their lives. Nor is it rational to automatically assume that the racism YOU have experienced is anything like the racism Rev. Wright (or anyone else, for that matter) has experienced. Nor does it mean that you (or anyone else) cannot be racist. EVERYONE is. Everyone. Whether they choose to acknowledge it or not, everyone has racist tendencies.

    How anyone can assert that a theocracy is superior to a democracy, and that their religion is the ONE that should be representative; that they will not vote for a man who has dedicated his life to fighting injustice; that they would rather see policies which eat away at our civil rights continued….and STILL call themselves a Democrat…is beyond me.

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