Post tagged with Churches and Politics
June 03rd, 201307:48 PM ETRecently, Lifeway conducted a research poll containing some startling statistics that reveal where public opinion stands in relation to same-sex “marriage” and the acceptance of homosexual behavior. The poll reported that 58 percent of those surveyed believe that same-sex “marriage” is a civil rights issue just like age, race, and ge...
August 27th, 201201:55 PM ETSpeaking out on political and social issues requires special courage for pastors, many of whom walk a tightrope entwined of strands both practical and theological. Persecution of churches is a subtle but very real – and growing – threat around the U.S. today. Pastors and church leaders who speak out boldly can suddenly find themselves facing n...
August 09th, 201202:12 PM ETAuthor: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Erik Stanley The IRS warned pastors attending a faith leader’s summit in Washington D.C. recently not to speak from their pulpits about candidates or elections. As reported by OneNewsNow, IRS official Peter Lorenzetti attended the summit and told pastors that prohibited activities include anythin...
June 08th, 201203:57 PM ETAuthor: ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley The IRS warned pastors attending a faith leader’s summit in Washington D.C. recently not to speak from their pulpits about candidates or elections. As reported by OneNewsNow, IRS official Peter Lorenzetti attended the summit and told pastors that prohibited activities include anything that supports o...
May 22nd, 201204:53 PM ETAuthor: ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley All of us at ADF are rejoicing over the recent victory in North Carolina, which became the 31st state to enshrine marriage as between one man and one woman in its state constitution. I am of the firm belief that the victory would not have taken place had it not been for North Carolina’s churches st...
May 11th, 201211:32 AM ETEqual treatment is easier to preach than practice – particularly when tax dollars are at stake. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, a small congregation in the coastal city of Rockland, Maine, applied for a property tax exemption on its church building, parking lot, and surrounding grounds, but the City refused to exempt the parking lot. Why? ...
April 23rd, 201205:11 PM ETAuthor: ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley A bill was recently introduced in the House of Representatives to repeal the portion of the Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) popularly referred to as the Johnson Amendment. The bill is H.R. 3600 and, in its preamble, states that its purpose is to “restore the Free Speech and First Amendme...
April 20th, 201204:21 PM ETAuthor: ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley As readers of this blog know, ADF has conducted Pulpit Freedom Sunday since 2008. Pulpit Freedom Sunday is a legal project designed to restore a pastor’s right to speak freely from the pulpit without fearing government censorship or control. The government, by applying the Johnson Amendment ...
March 15th, 201205:30 PM ETAuthor: ADF Senior Legal Counsel Joel Oster This tough economy is hitting everyone. From unemployment to Wall Street bailouts to rocketing gas prices, it seems that everyone is hurting for cash. Apparently, local governments are no exception. Across this nation, local taxing authorities are trying to increase their coffers by denying property tax ...
March 15th, 201205:25 PM ETAuthor: ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley As I recently posted, there are very good reasons why churches should be tax exempt. One Nashville church, though, found that its attempts to reach out to the poor and needy in the community resulted in a very large property tax bill. Their case is an example of the increasing attacks on church ...
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