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Thursday, December 8, 2011

How free are clergy to discuss politics from pulpit?

How free are clergy to discuss politics from pulpit?
Suit challenges IRS restrictions on pastors and nonprofit organizations when it comes to political issues

By Jim Graves - OSV Newsweekly, 12/18/2011
Clergy preaching politics

The San Diego apologetics organization Catholic Answers recently made the news when it asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow it to sue the Internal Revenue Service for violation of its First Amendment rights.

At issue were two e-letters sent by founder Karl Keating questioning if Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democrat presidential candidate, should present himself for holy Communion because he is a Catholic who supports legalized abortion. The IRS had ordered Catholic Answers to pay excise taxes for 2004 and 2005, but later dropped the case. Catholic Answers wants to sue the IRS because it believes the threat of tax penalties will prevent such groups from speaking out on issues in the public arena.

With the 2012 presidential election less than a year away, the dispute raises the broader question: What can clergy in the pulpit and Catholic nonprofits say about politics without fear of IRS retribution?

Read more here.

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