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Pastor Challenging IRS Rules

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From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Pastor challenges IRS regulations on endorsements
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Rev. Jody Hice fired a verbal volley Sunday in a battle that he believes will return the United States to its American Revolutionary roots.

From his pulpit at Bethlehem First Baptist Church outside of Atlanta, he urged his congregation to vote for Sen. John McCain and to not vote for Sen. Barack Obama.


“These are not political issues,” Hice said. “There are moral issues.”

They may be moral issues, but Internal Revenue Service regulations say clergy cannot make public political endorsements to their congregations without risking the tax-exempt status of their house of worship.

Hice’s endorsement and argument is part of a coordinated effort by the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative Christian legal aid society. Its members hope the IRS will challenge one or more of the 33 pastors across the United States who did what Hice did Sunday. They hope to overturn the no-endorsement regulation in court.

Hice quoted the Bible and some of American’s Founding Fathers in making his case that he believed the regulation was unconstitutional. Hice said that he was following the historical norm in this nation’s history.

Church leaders have a right to address moral and cultural issues, Hice said.

“Or else we will find ourselves in America led by secularists and atheists.”

America run by Atheists? That's such a bad thing? Well, for him it is. he wouldn't be benefiting from that BS Faith-Based Initiative.

Source: http://www.ajc.com/me...­

This is part of a bigger effort by a so-called "Alliance Defense Fund" that urged pastors across the US to violate the law. Well, Americans United for Separation of Church and State is on it. Hopefully the IRS will go after this guy.

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