The latest circus act was orchestrated by the Alliance Defense Fund. They called it Pulpit Freedom Sunday, and their goal was to break the laws that prohibit non-profit organizations from engaging in politics.
"Pastors participating in the Alliance Defense Fund’s 'Pulpit Freedom Sunday' will preach from their pulpits Sept. 28 about the moral qualifications of candidates seeking political office. The pastors will exercise their First Amendment right to preach on the subject, despite federal tax regulations that prohibit intervening or participating in a political campaign."In other words, they want all the benefits of a tax-exempt organization, but they don't want to follow the rules.
This isn't persecution. Nobody is censoring these preachers. All they have to do is follow the rules: pay taxes like everyone else. Once they do that, they can endorse all the political candidates they want.
The Alliance Defense Fund and the churches that they're egging on are nothing but hypocrites. They're whiners. They want to dodge taxes but not pay the price. We let non-profit organizations avoid taxes because they agree to abide by certain rules. They can't meddle with the government.
But the ADF wants it both ways.
I say quit whining and pay your taxes. I pay mine, and that gives me a right to say anything I like on these pages, including endorsing or lambasting any politician I like. If they pay their taxes, they can do the same.