RCJ says quit intimidating churches
Read it all here. I'm just going to stand back.
A frequent criticism of HB1215 made by its liberal opponents is that the abortion ban law is an attempt by the far right to impose its religion on everyone else. It is left to one's political view whether that critique of HB1215 is hyperbole or fact. What is more bothersome is the apparent effort to frighten religious leaders and churches from speaking out about November's referendum on the abortion law by threatening to have the IRS revoke a church's tax-exempt status.
The Internal Revenue Service shouldn't be used as a tool to stifle free speech.
While there are some restrictions on non-profit organizations against involvement in political campaigns, we don't believe that religious leaders and churches should fear taking a stand on political matters.
There's a clear difference between actively campaigning for a candidate or ballot issue and discussing politics informally or even in sermons or official statements.and...
But churches, church leaders and congregations ought to be able to speak out about the political issues of the day free from fear of government harassment.
That's freedom of speech and "free exercise" of religion. It's protected by the Constitution.