Thursday, August 14, 2008

ADF: Reclaiming pastors' right to speak the truth from the pulpit

The Alliance Defense Fund has started a new project helping pastors to speak out about government and other areas they've been silenced from speaking out of fear they'd lose their tax-exempt status.

The Pulpit Initiative

Reclaiming pastors’ constitutional right to speak Truth from the pulpit.

Historically, churches have emphatically, and with great passion, spoken Scriptural truth from the pulpit about government and culture. Historians have stated that America owes its independence in great degree to the moral force of the pulpit. Pastors have proclaimed Scriptural truth throughout history on great moral issues such as slavery, women’s suffrage, child labor and prostitution. Pastors have also spoken from the pulpit with great frequency for and against various candidates for government office.

All that changed in 1954 with the passage of the “Johnson amendment” which restricted the right of churches and pastors to speak Scriptural truth about candidates for office. The Johnson amendment was proposed by then-Senator Lyndon Johnson, and it changed the Internal Revenue Code to prohibit churches and other non-profit organizations from supporting or opposing a candidate for office. After the Johnson amendment passed, churches faced a choice of either continuing their tradition of speaking out or silencing themselves in order to retain their church’s tax exemption. The Internal Revenue Service, in conjunction with radical organizations like Americans United for Separation of Church and State, have used the Johnson amendment to create an atmosphere of intimidation and fear for any church that dares to speak Scriptural truth about candidates for office or issues.

It is time for the intimidation and threats to end. Churches and pastors have a constitutional right to speak freely and truthfully from the pulpit – even on candidates and voting – without fearing loss of their tax exemption.

We are seeking pastors to stand with us and once again reclaim their constitutional right to speak the Truth.

Learn more about how you can stand with us.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


If you'd like to see what little children (!) are allowed to watch on public streets (!) in San Francisco and San Diego, look at the AMERICANS FOR TRUTH site. If you'd rather play ostrich instead of demanding an end to that three-dimensional porn, your kids and grand-kids won't be able to play ostrich (even if they want to) but will be engulfed by a flood of filth that will destroy Sodomerica! While you're at it, Google "Open Letter to the Noah/Lot Gang."
Feel free to make copies of the SF and SD depravity photos (before the BIG QUAKE hits) and quietly "plant" them inside every McDonald's along with a note saying that "this is what McDonald's likes to support!"
And guess what Obama, Pelosi and other Homocrats like to support!