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Pulpit Freedom Sunday: Pastors Challenge IRS Ban On Political Endorsements

Pulpit Freedom Sunday: Pastors Challenge IRS Ban On Political Endorsements

Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 20:05:25 in Religion

“Pastors have the right and responsibility to speak out on issues that address the moral and ethical behaviors of politicians that should concern persons of faith within their congregations.
But ethics and morality are not limited to abortions and same-sex marriages. They include such things as honesty, integrity, character, and trustworthiness; such things as not committing adultery, bearing false witness, being covetous, stealing, killing, etc. Pastors certainly have the right to speak to those issues that address behaviors that are contrary to the teachings of the Bible. And they can speak to which behaviors will be permitted within their denominations or their own congregations.
But pastors perhaps should not speak against rights that people have because the Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution guarantees those rights not only to members of their own congregations and denominations but the members of other faiths or of no faith.
And they certainly should not have the right to advocate for particular political parties and candidates which may be in positions to give favors, especially where that speech includes money-as--speech which carries expectations of benefits from supported candidates should they be elected.”