I cannot tell you how discouraging it is to hear of preachers, pastors, ministers etc., preaching from the pulpit ala “Reverend” Wright (Barack’s “Reverend”). It is unacceptable to me, that someone who is working for your spiritual health should insert themselves into your political life. There will never be 100% agreement on politics, even with those of your own ideology. It forces people to remove themselves from their spiritual center when they don’t agree with the political speech. Unfortunately it is the left that has recently decided to turn churches into “social justice” laboratories and have taken the word of God to a devilish extreme. There are of course the churches who minister to the so called Religious Right, however, I don’t hear a lot of politics being shouted from the pulpit to often anymore from that sector.
The bottom line for me is, there is no separation of Church and State, there is only the State demanding a certain religion which is not allowed in the Constitution. Freedom of Religion does not mean Freedom from Religion! If you want to preach about politics, get into politics otherwise stop taking the exemption from the I.R.S. and then ignoring it and tempting them to remove it from you. Stop Preaching From The Pulpit On Politics, It Is Disgusting
The Pulpit Initiative is urging pastors to come together to challenge this free speech-altering restriction. And proponents of the movement aren’t shy. While they don’t want to turn churches into political mechanisms, they do want to see the Johnson Amendment declared unconstitutional. In their view, the IRS should have no right to censor what a pastor preaches about, be it political or not. The Speak Up web site has more:
ADF is actively seeking to represent churches or pastors who are under investigation by the IRS for violating the Johnson Amendment by preaching biblical Truth in a way that expresses support for – or opposition to – political candidates. ADF represents all of its clients free of charge.
But in addition to legal help, pastors can also join in on Pulpit Freedom Sunday, an annual event the coalition has launched to encourage pastors to preach sermons that to examine candidates’ stances. Aside from exploring candidate opinion, churches are encouraged to look at what Scripture says about each issue. Then, they will make specific recommendations about whether or not the congregation should vote for or against specific candidates.
Following the event, each pastor lets the IRS know about his or her sermon. The hope is that making the government aware of the code violation will spark an audit. Then, the constitutionality of the Johnson Amendment can be hashed out once and for all.
I know why you take the exemption, perhaps you ought to rethink what it is that you are trying to subvert here.