The move is being made, one is piously told, because they believe the legal prohibition on politics from the pulpit is a violation of their right to freedom of speech.
More than 1,000 pastors are planning to challenge the IRS next month by deliberately preaching politics ahead of the presidential election, despite a federal ban on endorsements from the pulpit.
Well, Adolf could have told these ecclesiastical genii before they started that all they will achieve is the removal of their respective congregations' tax exempt status, a privilege which is granted to churches on condition they do not engage in partisan politics.
The excuse used is pretty woolly headed - a common trait of theological thickos.
“If I would have said 50 years ago that ‘Tearing up a baby in the womb is a bad thing,’ people would have said ‘Of course it is,’” Garlow said. “But If I said that today, people would say ‘Pastor, you’re being too political.”
I wonder also what these brain boxes will do when after they have advocated a vote for Obama, all their Republican members leave (with their cheque books): or after advocating for Romney, all the Democrat members leave (with their food stamps.)
In all my years as a minor Presbyterian church office holder I'm pleased to say we all managed to leave our politics at home on Sunday. Thus it was that I was able to serve happily on committees which included a member of the notorious 'peace movement' and another bloke who would have been thrown out of the Klu Klux Klan on account of his extremist right wing views.