Nearly 1,500 pastors across the country plan to break the law Sunday by taking a public stand on political issues important to Christians — from the pulpit.
In just the last week, registration for Pulpit Freedom Sunday rose to a record 1,477, and will continue over the next 24 hours.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) launched Pulpit Freedom Sunday in 2008 to provide an outlet for pastors to speak publicly from the pulpit on political issues from a biblical standpoint. It’s been illegal to do so since Congress passed the Johnson Amendment in 1954, revising the federal tax code to threaten churches with the loss of their tax-exempt status if they speak out for or against political candidates or issues.
“It’s outrageous for pastors and churches to be threatened or punished by the government for applying biblical teachings to all areas of life, including candidates and elections,” said ADF Legal Counsel Erik Stanley. “The purpose (of this event) is to make sure that the pastor, and not the IRS, decides what is said from the pulpit.”
The IRS, however, has never taken action against any churches or pastors participating in Pulpit Freedom Sunday. ADF is hoping it will, so a lawsuit can be brought that eventually results in the Johnson Amendment’s repeal.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Learn more about the event.
Read ADF’s Pulpit Freedom Sunday Summary of Legal Arguments.