POSTED: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 7:50am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 11:38am
Growing number of preachers telling flock of political beliefs this Sunday
Tyler, TX — Nearly 100 pastors across the country plan to take part in Pulpit Freedom Sunday, an in-your-face challenge on Sunday to what the government says can and cannot be said in church.
The pastors, along with the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based nonprofit Alliance Defense Fund, are reacting to a law stating that churches are not allowed to support politicians from the pulpit, according to the ADF.
The growing trend is a challenge to the IRS from the churches, and may jeopardize their all-important tax-exempt status. But some pastors and church leaders said they are willing to defy the law to defending their right to freedom of speech.
Federal tax law, established in 1954, prohibits churches and tax exempt entities from endorsing or opposing political candidates.
East Texans talk-back on the issue of polics from the pulpit with our news partner: KTBB and host Garth Maier.