The rights of preachers in churches to make overt political endorsements is not simple. Southern black churches have always done it. Other churches have been criticized for doing it because of their federal tax exempt status.
The attached article suggests one way to deal with it. That is to change churches’ status from 5013C, nonpolitical, to the same category as political parties. Then churches could do all the politics they wanted.
In general, politics from the pulpit is a problem without a solution. Pat Robinson’s 700 Club and other lucrative church operations seem to be under the nonpolitical status. But each election cycle he rails on about declining moral values, then tells people, “Pray about the election.” These are his code words for “vote Republican”.
No one can prove he has violated his nonprofit status, but he has campaigned nevertheless. Probably liberal preachers do the same on behalf of Democrats. But, does it really matter?
Catholic clergy could not have made themselves more clear the faithful were directed to vote for Romney. Polls showed the majority did not. Maybe clergy cause a few of the faithful to vote just the opposite.
What makes politics so fascinating is its mystery. There is a general belief that money is the biggest variable. But, smaller budgets often win.
In my little district, Democrats ran two well known men in their 60′s and a young out gay man. Only the gay man won.
Maybe churches don’t matter at all.