Should Pastors Endorse Politicians and Talk Politics From the Pulpit? [POLL]
This week, FOX News had a story about Pastors who are planning on defying the IRS and will preach politics. According to FOX News:
More than 1,000 pastors are planning to challenge the IRS next month by deliberately preaching politics ahead of the presidential election despite a federal ban on endorsements from the pulpit.
The defiant move, they hope, will prompt the IRS to enforce a 1954 tax code amendment that prohibits tax-exempt organizations, such as churches, from making political endorsements. Alliance Defending Freedom, which is holding the October summit, said it wants the IRS to press the matter so it can be decided in court. The group believes the law violates the First Amendment by “muzzling” preachers.
It is a controversial issue for many out there. Even Congressman Randy Neugebauer weighed in on the topic this week on KFYO.
For instance, should churches get special treatment from the I-R-S. That controversial topic was discussed with Rep. Randy Neugebauer on KFYO.
Question: What about political endorsements?
” I think that’s up to an individual pastor, whether he wants to endorse a candidate or not, but I don’t think you should lose your I-R-S status over that,” Neugebauer said.
What do you think about the issue? Should churches talk politics? If they do should they keep or lose their tax-exempt status? Let us know what you think in today’s KFYO Poll of the Day.