Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Group Claims Baptist Church Violated Limits On Non-Profit Political Involvement

According to a press release yesterday from Americans United, the organization has written the Internal Revenue Service (full text of letter) asking it to investigate whether a Kentucky Baptist church has violated the rules that preclude Sec. 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations from becoming involved in political elections by endorsing or opposing candidates. At issue is the sermon delivered by Pastor Ronnie Spriggs of Hager Hill Freewill Baptist Church in Hager Hill, Kentucky in which he took issue with President Obama's backing of same-sex marriage and said:
We need to really be prayerful, and we need to get active. If you’ve ever opened your mouth, you better open it now. Between now and November, God’s people ought to thunder this country. We ought to let this country know that we will not be silent on these issues....
You know why that Obama said he believes that? Because the polls represent more people in the United States believe they ought to marry than others do. So this is an advantageous time. You know what we got to show him? There’s more saved people in the United States then he thinks there are. And if we don’t voice our opinion now, we’ll lose our country….