Nearly 1,500 Christian pastors made a very bold move this past weekend. The men of God took a stand against the Obama Administration by preaching “politically-charged sermons,” in honor of Pulpit Freedom Sunday. The event was organized in response to a secret agreement between the IRS and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which led to the targeting of Christian churches.
The pastors who participated in Pulpit Freedom Sunday risked the tax exempt status their churches by doing so. Luckily, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has offered to lend a hand to any church which is targeted by the IRS as a result.
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ADF senior legal counsel Erik Stanley told the Christian Post:
“The message we’ve been telling pastors for years now in regard to Pulpit Freedom Sunday is, ‘We’ve got your back. Pastor, stand, preach from your pulpit what God lays on your heart to tell your people and you have the free exercise and the free speech right that’s enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution to do that.'”
The Conservative Tribune explained:
For the IRS to prevent a church from speaking on political issues is to prevent that church from speaking on social issues; they are one and the same. Were this rule in effect 200 years ago, there would have been no abolitionist movement — or at least, it would have taken much longer to gain traction.
If a church cannot speak on social issues, what is it? Largely irrelevant — that’s what it is.
Which, of course, is just what the angry atheists and their allies in the Obama administration are hoping for.
What do you think of the way these fearless pastors found to exercise their First Amendment rights while simultaneously sticking it to the Obama Administration? Tell us in the comments section!
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