WASHINGTON (RNS) Current IRS rules, dating to 1954, permit clergy to address issues but prohibit candidate endorsements. But those rules are routinely broken with little or no consequence.
Articles tagged “Pulpit Freedom Sunday”
(RNS) – Freedom From Religion Foundation has reached a settlement with the Internal Revenue Service over electioneering in churches, a violation of their tax-exempt status.
(RNS) U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman ruled that the Freedom from Religion Foundation “has standing to seek an order requiring the IRS to treat religious organizations no more favorably than it treats the Foundation.”
(RNS) An independent commission recommended that members of the clergy should be able to say “whatever they believe is appropriate” from the pulpit without fear of IRS reprisal.
(RNS) Trying to make sense of the 2012 election and the unfolding David Petraeus sex scandal, I consulted the Bible and the “Sayings of the Fathers,” a collection of rabbinic teachings written between 200 B.C. and 200 A.D. The ancient perceptions about politics and ethics are as insightful today as when they were first uttered. By A.James Rudin.
(RNS) A First Amendment watchdog group is suing the Internal Revenue Service for not challenging the tax-exempt status of churches whose pastors engage in partisan politicking from the pulpit. By Kimberly Winston.
(RNS) With Election 2012 less than six months away, congregations are getting the message that Americans want religion out of politics. So they're revamping how congregations mobilize voters, largely avoiding the political fray, and hot-button social issues are relegated to simmer in low-profile church study groups. By G. Jeffrey MacDonald.