Ministers Preach in Favor of IRS Ban on Pulpit Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio pastor says he was one of dozens
of ministers nationwide who preached Sunday on the importance of
separation of church and state.

The Reverend Eric Williams says he and other concerned pastors
oppose the Alliance Defense Fund's recruitment of ministers to
endorse or oppose candidates in sermons next Sunday.

Doing so could jeopardize churches' tax exempt status, but the
ADF hopes to end the ban on pulpit politics by defending churches
that are investigated by the Internal Revenue Service.

The ADF says its Pulpit Initiative is meant to restore
preachers' free speech rights.

But Williams, who pastors the North Congregational United Church
of Christ in Columbus, believes ministers who endorse or oppose
candidates could improperly impose their values on others.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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