Pulpit Freedom Sunday


58 years ago in 1954 Lyndon Johnson added an amendment to an appropriations bill which made it illegal for nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations to speak out in political matters. This was a major intrusion on our First Amendment freedoms of religion and of speech. Since then the IRS has become the censorship board of the government. They have never actually taken any violation of this regulation to court. They have always dropped cases after essentially intimidating the churches involved. Pulpit freedom Sunday is an attempt to call their bluff: to challenge this unconstitutional law and open up freedom for our nation’s pastors once again.

Please check out the information about Pulpit Freedom Sunday on October 7, 2012. Ask your pastor to consider participating.

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Pelosi Wants to Talk Religion at Church

President Barack Obama and Speaker of the Hous...

President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at the US Capitol. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about the ObamaCare mandate for free sterilization services for any women of childbearing age from menarche to menopause. This includes young teens girls just starting their period. She cut off the reporter and said, “You know what, I told you before let’s go to church and talk about our religion… Right here we’re talking about public policy as it affects women…” You can read a detailed account of the exchange here. It sounds as though Pelosi believes that any point of view that is informed by religious convictions are not welcome in the public sphere. Do you believe that is what our founders intended by the first amendment?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Our freedom of religion has become quite hollow if we cannot bring up issues for debate about which we have some concerns. In this case real concerns about young teens getting sterilized were simply being voiced by a person of faith, not argued for on the basis of religion. To read a discussion on this issue check out John Stonestreet’s Breakpoint post.