33 Pastors Pick a Fight with the IRS
33 pastors, this past Sunday, willingly endorsed a political candidate for president. This, if you don't know, the IRS (some say law others say code) bars religious organizations and nonprofit groups that accept tax-deductible contributions from endorsing specific candidates. This was done in 1954. As a result, any nonprofit group that does that will automatically lose their tax-deductible status.
These pastors are joining forces with a legal team called the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), a group of Christian lawyers who work for socially conservative causes. Their purpose is to build a test case that will go all the way to the Supreme Court. You can read more about it here.
So what are your thoughts? If churches can endorse candidates, should they have to pay taxes? Does the inability to endorse a candidate a violation of our 1st amendment rights? Do you think that this will open a pandoras box of government control on churches?