Pastors' political endorsements draw complaints

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans United for Separation of Church and
State has filed complaints with the Internal Revenue Service against six churches whose pastors either endorsed or made pointed comments about political candidates from their pulpits Sunday in defiance of federal tax law.

The Alliance Defense Fund orchestrated the pulpit protest to invite IRS scrutiny and a legal fight it hopes will lead to the restrictions being found unconstitutional.

But Rob Boston of Americans United says, "This has been tested in the courts, the provision has been upheld, and if they go into court they're going to lose."

The IRS has said it will "take action as appropriate," but does not comment on specific complaints.

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

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