Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Fire, Brimstone, and the IRS

The Baptist preacher who wanted nine members of his church expelled for voting for Democrats may get to testify -- for the IRS.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State are calling for an IRS probe into the East Waynesville Baptist Church in western North Carolina.

Preachers aren't supposed to use the pulpit to endorse candidates or campaign. That can cost a church its tax exempt status. Nine members of the church say Rev Chan Chandler preached politics up to last year's election and kept it up until they were kicked out for failing to toe the GOP party line, even though they all claim to be good Baptists. (Yahoo! News)

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