As the Colorado Springs Gazette reports:
The Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative advocacy group co-founded by Focus on the Family Chairman James Dobson, wants pastors to talk politics from the pulpit on Sunday, challenging Internal Revenue Service regulations prohibiting houses of worship from mixing politics and religion.
The group is spearheading “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” by encouraging church leaders to talk about whom they’ll vote for in this year’s election, and why – even if doing so violates IRS rules that grant tax-exempt status to churches. Group officials said they hope the action will trigger an IRS investigation that they can use as a springboard to challenge the IRS and the regulation in court.
“It is the job of the church and pastor to decide whether they should talk about political issues from the pulpit,” said Erik Stanley, the group’s senior legal counsel. “It is not appropriate for the government to draw that line.”
About 30 worship centers nationwide have committed to “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” but no Colorado churches agreed to take part. Stanley said the number of participating churches, all of which risk losing their tax-exempt status, was limited intentionally to better manage litigation.
The group’s protest centers on a 1954 amendment to the tax code that prohibits 501(c)3 nonprofits, which include religious organizations, from endorsing political candidates…
If Sarah Palin’s nomination wasn’t enough to cajole religious voters back into the GOP fold, this should take care of it: after all, it’s a lot easier to “hold your nose and vote” when the consequences of failing to do so include going to Hell. A poll follows.