Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Political Advocacy From The Pulpit

This is a problem that I fret about pretty regularly. Stuff I've read makes it sound as if many churches just blatantly ignore the Johnson amendment. Democrats obviously can't crack down on this--the blowback could very well be worse than the problem. And the GOP has an interest in not cracking down on it. So, allegedly, political advocacy from the pulpit is routine. Allegedly.


Blogger Pete Mack said...

It's not illegal. It *is* supposed to cause a loss of tax-exempt status, just as for a 501 organization.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Right. Illegal for a 501(c)3 organization.

9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My experience in conservative, Protestant churches is that the abortion issue is usually leveraged to encourage voting red. In any particular election (without naming names from the pulpit of course), the congregation is encouraged to check out candidate platform cards (conveniently located in the foyer) which detail their position on major issues. The positions are usually phrased in the negative in the first column ("Supports repealing Roe v Wade"), so the Republican candidate has a big blue check mark under his/her photo, and the liberal candidate has a big red X under his/her photo.

It is usually a pretty sleazy thing to watch, and its mostly because Rev. Billy Bob cannot be challenged in his venue.

6:33 AM  
Blogger Pete Mack said...

Any comments on this:

This follows
* reneging on promises of citizenship to foreign-born troops
* kicking such troops out of the army and threatening deportation.

9:38 AM  
Blogger Dark Avenger said...

Interesting which Church was investigated for this sort of thing.

9:47 AM  

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