Pulpit Freedom Sunday–October 2nd 2011–will your congregation stand up and be counted?
After a half century of fraudulent IRS regulation American Churches seek to restore Constitutional Liberty to the church pulpit.
Of the many injuries Welfare State Advocate Lyndon Baines Johnson inflicted on the American Psyche none has been more overlooked and under-publicized than the 1954 Johnson Amendment stifling a Ministers ability to speak freely on the topics of the day.
Glen Beck discussion:
Pulpit Initiative explained:
Introductory excerpt here:
The Pulpit Initiative is designed to allow pastors to speak freely from their pulpits without fear of censorship or control by the IRS. The Johnson Amendment was passed by Congress in 1954 as an amendment to section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code. The Johnson Amendment states that entities who are exempt from federal income tax cannot:
Participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of – or in opposition to – any candidate for public office.
Since its passage in 1954, the Johnson Amendment has been applied to prohibit what a pastor says from the pulpit concerning candidates who are running for elective office. This means that under current IRS regulations, a pastor cannot say anything from the pulpit that may constitute support for – or opposition to – a political candidate.
It has not always been this way. For almost the first 200 years of America’s history, pastors frequently spoke out with great boldness about the great moral and social issues of the day and about the candidates running for office.