Church steps up in case urging IRS to monitor pastors

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

A church has received permission to have a voice in case where an atheist group is trying to take the IRS to court.

Attorney Daniel Blomberg of the Becket Fund explains the lawsuit.

“The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a lawsuit trying to force the Internal Revenue Service to basically look over the shoulders of pastors when they're preaching and make sure they're not saying things the IRS doesn't think they should say,” he tells OneNewsNow. “Specifically, it’s trying to prevent pastors from preaching on moral issues and on specific religious issues to do with the qualifications of candidates for office.”

The Becket Fund is representing Holy Cross Anglican Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. 

“There's been a lot of concerns with the way the IRS has enforced this in the past, and the way it's been used to intimidate churches and synagogues and mosques and other houses of worship into censoring their speech,” he says. “And that shouldn't be the case, so hopefully the church here is going to have the opportunity to explain to the court why it is wrong constitutionally speaking.”

The pastor of Holy Cross Anglican Church is Patrick Malone who has spoken plainly during services about today's moral issues and how they relate to candidates. His purpose, if the case goes to trial, is to make sure God has a seat and a voice.

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