Watchdog Group Reports Minister to IRS

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Watchdog group the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State reported Reverend H. Wayne Williams for endorsing a political candidate from the pulpit in Washington D.C. But the outspoken minister was far from intimidated. At a rally in Rapid City, he roared, “Keep your cotton-picking hands off my freedom, you can't have my freedom,” with his fist thumping the podium.

Rev. Williams had encouraged his congregation at Liberty Baptist Tabernacle to vote for state Senator Gordon Howie (R-Rapid City) for the Republican nominee for governor in the election held June 8. As it turned out, Howie finished fourth among five candidates.

Americans United filed an official complaint with the IRS against the minister and his church two days after the elections, claiming that the minister had violated federal tax law that granted tax-exemption to churches.

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