Hundreds of pastors back political candidates, defy tax rules
Nanette ByrnesCHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - Baptist Pastor Mark Harris stood before his flock in North Carolina on Sunday and joined hundreds of other religious leaders in deliberately breaking the law in an election-year campaign that tests the role of churches in politics.
By publicly backing candidates for political office from the pulpit, Harris and nearly 1,500 other preachers at services across the United States were flouting a law they see as an incursion on freedom of religion and speech.
Under the U.S. tax code, non-profit organizations such as churches may express views on any issue, but they jeopardize their favorable tax-exempt status if they speak for or against any political candidate.
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"Hundreds of pastors back political candidates, defy tax rules", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2012. Consulté le 22/09/2023. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/hundreds-of-pastors-back-political-candidates-defy-tax-rules