I guess we'll see if the IRS is serious about its rules or not.
Gus Booth is the pastor of Warroad Community Church in Warroad, MN. Not much happens there but what Pastor Booth has started will be heard nation wide.
As a delegate to the Republican National Convention, Pastor Booth takes his politics seriously. So much so, in fact, that he has decided the IRS rules that prohibit church endorsement of political candidates are invalid & should be challenged.
So he did.
In May, Booth delivered a sermon telling his congregation not to vote for either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama because of their positions on aboortzion. Two weeks later Booth e-mailed Americans United for Separation of Church and State, advising them of his violation of Federal Law & asking for scrutiny, saying:
I am writing you to let you know that I preached a sermon in my church on Sunday, May 18, 2008, that specifically addressed the current candidates for President in the light of the Bible. As you can see from the attached newspaper article, I specifically made recommendations as to who a Christian should vote for.
I have read in the past about how you have a campaign to intimidate churches into silence when it comes to speaking about candidates for office. I am letting you know that I will not be intimidated into silence when I believe that God wants me to address the great moral issues of the day, including who will be our next national leader.
An Americans United press release & an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune have the details. The AU complied & sent a letter to the IRS asking for an investigation, just as they did when churches have endorsed Obama or Clinton. (Click here for text of AU letter to the IRS.)