Free speech, religious liberty and the role of government are often discussed on “Real News From The Blaze,” with all three at the heart of the increasing debate leading up to “Pulpit Freedom Sunday.”
Fox News reports that a group of more than 1,000 pastors are planning to challenge a 1954 tax code amendment that prohibits tax-exempt organizations, such as churches, from making political endorsements. At a summit next month, the preachers are planning to instigate the IRS to prosecute them after they “preach sermons that will talk about the candidates running for office” and “make a specific recommendation,” with the hope that the issue goes to court and the tax code amendment is determined to be in violation of the First Amendment.
But could the “Alliance Defending Freedom” pastors be opening up to larger questions regarding a wide array of tax exemptions should this case go to go court? Is the government using the tax code and this amendment as it now to remain objective or marginalize American religious institutions? Watch the “Real News” panel Thursday parse both sides of this story as well as discuss how religous insitutitions have already had an effect on partisan politics as the law stand now: