The Rev. Jody Hice fired a verbal volley Sunday in a battle that he believes will return the United States to its American Revolutionary roots.
From his pulpit at Bethlehem First Baptist Church outside of Atlanta, he urged his congregation to vote for Sen. John McCain and to not vote for Sen. Barack Obam
He based his recommendations on McCain’s opposition to abortion and gay marriage and Obama’s support of those issues, Hice told the Barrow County church packed with about 400 listeners.
“These are not political issues,” Hice said. “There are moral issues.”
They may be moral issues, but Internal Revenue Service regulations say clergy cannot make public political endorsements to their congregations without risking the tax-exempt status of their house of worship.
Hice’s endorsement and argument is part of a coordinated effort by the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative Christian legal aid society. Its members hope the IRS will challenge one or more of the 33 pastors across the United States who did what Hice did Sunday. They hope to overturn the no-endorsement regulation in court.
This Republican pastor is put into the same category as the Democrat Rev and baby daddy Jamal Bryant. The fact remains that these (and I use the term lightly) Men Of God - are supposed to be winning souls for Christ - not prostituting themselves from the pulpit to get a particular candidate elected.
If this IRS rule is overturned this is but one more slide of the church into that of "money changers".
I am starkly opposed to preachers that have a captive audience able to make political endorsements. In fact there needs to be a greater crack down on this type of speech. NOT BY THE GOVERNMENT but by the people sitting in the pews who are TIRED OF BEING USED!!!!