Since passage of the Johnson Amendment in 1954, churches "may not participate in, or intervene in … any political campaign," according to the IRS.
Churches that don't comply could lose their tax-exempt status.
I have to confess, I have a difficult time getting worked up over this one, and I have little interest or sympathy with both sides wondering why they even bother.
It is beyond me why any pastor would publicly endorse any candidate for president or any other political office. As a pastor I have more important things to do with my time than to spend one minute of it endorsing any politician, let alone stump for her or him.
It also defies logic why Americans United for Separation for Church and State even care. Trust me when I say that most of Rev. Jeffress' parishioners don't care who their pastor thinks they should vote for. Most of them have likely already made up their minds anyway. Too many people in the public eye, whether clergy or celebrities or commentators think they are more influential than they really are. Recent surveys suggest that most pastors and church goers side with neither side.
About 85 percent of Protestant pastors believe the IRS should stay out of policing sermon content, according to an August survey by LifeWay Research. Yet a 2010 survey found that the same majority believe that pastors should not endorse candidates from the pulpit, said president Ed Stetzer.
I'm going to put this one in my apathy file.