And they risk losing their IRS exemptions:
Setting the stage for a collision of religion and politics, Christian ministers from 22 states will use their pulpits Sunday to deliver political sermons or endorse candidates — defying a federal ban on campaigning by nonprofit groups.
The ministers’ advocacy could violate the Internal Revenue Service’s rules against political speech with the purpose of triggering IRS investigations.
That would allow their patron, the conservative legal group Alliance Defense Fund, to challenge the IRS’ rules, a risky strategy that one defense fund attorney acknowledges could cost the churches their tax-exempt status. Congress made it illegal in 1954 for tax-exempt groups to support or oppose political candidates publicly.
“I’m going to talk about the un-biblical stands that Barack Obama takes. Nobody who follows the Bible can vote for him,” said the Rev. Wiley Drake of First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, Calif.
Bring it on. I would love these, and all churches, to lose their IRS tax-free statuses. I never understood why religious organizations had those exemptions in the first place.