A Conservative Christian Group is Now Begging the IRS to Come After Politicking Churches So They Can Fight Back

Last month, in the face of a lawsuit from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the IRS agreed that it would enforce its own rules and go after pastors who endorsed political candidates from the pulpit. This had become a trend in recent years, especially with “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” but the IRS never went after those churches.

Conservative Christian groups are now arguing this is an issue of free speech — ignoring the fact that the rule applies to all non-profits — and one legal group is essentially provoking the IRS to come after its clients:

Alliance Defending Freedom has been campaigning to overturn the portion of the tax code that prohibits nonprofit organizations from “intervening in political campaigns as a condition of their tax-exempt status.” To achieve that, it has organized the annual Pulpit Freedom Sunday since 2008, for which it encourages pastors to exercise their First Amendment right to free speech — including political speech — from the pulpit and send copies of their sermons to the IRS.

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