Here's a hypothetical gut check for Gordon Howie, who's still beating the drum for pastors to throw off the oppression of the IRS and endorse political candidates from their pulpits:
I know a number of good people who work at non-profit organizations like the South Dakota Resources Coalition, Dakota Rural Action, the Sierra Club, and Repower America. They all have their principles and political beliefs. They can identify certain political candidates who would support the principles and goals of their organizations if elected. Yet they share with Gordon Howie's church the same 501(c)3 status that, under the infamous Johnson Amendment of 1954, prevents their involvement in political candidates' campaigns.
So I'm just wondering: When Gordon Howie stumps for the First Amendment rights of pastors to endorse conservatives and theocrats from the pulpit, is he also campaigning for the rights of my friends in the non-profit world to endorse candidates who fit their principles, from their "pulpits," on their non-profit time and letterhead?
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