1. "The future of religious freedom depends on a free pulpit to communicate fundamental, biblical principles to congregations across America. Join a growing movement of bold pastors preaching biblical Truth about candidates and elections from their pulpits... 2. The Johnson Amendment was passed by Congress in 1954 as an amendment to section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code. The Johnson Amendment states that entities who are exempt from federal income tax cannot: Participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. 3. The Johnson Amendment was added to the tax code as a result of the political machinations of Lyndon B. Johnson who was running for reelection to the United States Senate. 4. One scholar who studied this extensively concluded that the Johnson Amendment "is not rooted in constitutional provisions for separation of church and state . 5. ...the Johnson Amendment has been applied to prohibit what a pastor says from the pulpit concerning candidates who are running for elective office. 6. This means that under current IRS regulations, a pastor cannot say anything from the pulpit that may constitute support for or opposition to a political candidate. 7. [For] the first 200 years of America's history, pastors frequently spoke out with great boldness about the great moral and social issues of the day and about the candidates running for office." Speak Up : Pulpit Freedom Sunday - History of the Johnson Amendment 8. "On October 7, 2012, hundreds of Christian pastors are going to be taking to their pulpits with overtly political messages in an effort to challenge a restrictive Internal Revenue Services (IRS) tax code. The calculated event, Pulpit Freedom Sunday, is an annual initiative that seeks to rally believers against the governments regulations on pastoral political endorsements. 9. The IRS web site goes on to designate which sorts of activities are permitted and which are banned under current regulations: 10. ...voter education or registration activities with evidence of bias that (a) would favor one candidate over another; (b) oppose a candidate in some manner; or (c) have the effect of favoring a candidate or group of candidates, will constitute prohibited participation or intervention." Pastors Prepare to Fight IRS Through Pulpit Freedom Sunday | TheBlaze.com The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, ... Seems pretty clear.... Time to see who supports the Constitution. Take it to the Supreme Court!