Based on John the Methodists’ insightful (or just amusing…insightfully amusing, if you will) Questions of the Day (here’s the last one), here’s one for Hacking Christianity readers:
Should Clergy be able to endorse Politicians from the Pulpit?
Context: Apparently about 36 clergy from 20 states, spurred on by the conservative Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), will endorse John McCain from the pulpit on Sunday, September 28th. They do so to challenge the constitutionality of the IRS rules that prohibit churches from endorsing candidates, else they will lose their tax exempt status. (read more here)
What do you think? Should clergy be able to endorse politicians from the pulpit? Even if we take away the tax exempt element, should churches be able to endorse political campaigns and politicians?