Listen up, IRS: Leave pastors & their sermons alone


A new poll of 1,000 pastors finds a majority of them want Congress to stay out of their pulpits.

For 60-plus years, a law called the Johnson Amendment has barred churches and other non-profit organizations from endorsing political candidates or otherwise intervening in elections. It’s time for that to change, most Protestant pastors say in a new survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research, sponsored by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).

According to LifeWay Research, 91 percent of pastors agree that “pastors should have the right to speak freely from the pulpit without the fear of being penalized by the government.” In addition, 73 percent agree that “Congress should remove the IRS’s power to penalize a church because of the content of its pastor’s sermons.”