Pastors Stand Off with the IRS

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On Pulpit Freedom Sunday September 26, about a hundred pastors intentionally broke the law that prohibits churches as non-profit organizations from endorsing or opposing a candidate running for public office. By doing so, the pastors actually hope the IRS would sue them in court.

According to David Barton, founder and chairman of WallBuilders, this drastic action on the part of the pastors was necessary in order to prove that the IRS was violating their First Amendment rights and that the prohibitive law is unconstitutional. Pulpit Freedom Sunday is an annual event that takes place on the last Sunday of September and has been going on for the past 3 years. So far, the IRS has taken no pastor to court. The agency’s inaction has been taken by some pastors as proof that their stand on this issue is right.

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