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Americans United files IRS complaint against church after Obama speech

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

No, it wasn't a United Church of Christ church.

From Americans United:

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a Nevada church whose pastor called for the election of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama from the pulpit on Sunday.

Obama spoke during services at the Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ in Las Vegas on Jan. 13 in what the Las Vegas Review-Journal described as a “surprise appearance.” Before the Illinois senator arrived, Pastor Leon Smith told the congregation, “The more he (Obama) speaks, the more he wins my confidence, and ... if the polls were open today, I would cast my vote for this senator.”

Smith added, “If you can’t support your own, you’re never going to get anywhere.... I want to see this man in office.”

Americans United said churches are tax-exempt and may not engage in partisan politics. The pastor clearly stated that Obama should be elected, and he did so from the pulpit during Sunday services,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “It’s impossible to see this as anything but an endorsement.”
Ministers are allowed to make personal endorsements but making them from the pulpit is a no-no.

Still, American United applies different standards to different churches.

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State ignored Obama's political "altar call" in October and decided to apply a different standard to his campaign speech at the UCC's General Synod in June. An IRS complaint was filed, however, against the United Church of Christ after his General Synod speech. In fact, as UCCtruths pointed out in June (and as thoroughly enumerated in the complaint to the IRS), the United Church of Christ violated each of the three provisions in the IRS guidelines on "Speaking as a Non-Candidate":

  • The individual speaks only in a non-candidate capacity,
  • Neither the individual nor any representative of the organization makes any mention of his or her candidacy or the election, and
  • No campaign activity occurs in connection with the candidate’s attendance.
posted by UCCtruths, Wednesday, January 16, 2008

1 Comments:

wow.

I must admit, that is surprising.
commented by Blogger will, 10:31 AM  

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