MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

August 23, 2013

THE PEOPLE SPEAK — Patriot pastors should speak out

July 14 letter by Stan Severson is a sample of incorrect information that has left clergy, pastors and lay people alike, fearful of the IRS thanks to the Johnson Amendment of 1954.

Severson said that because of the IRS rules, churches could not speak out about political issues or endorse candidates lest the church’s tax exempt status be withdrawn. So clergy have needlessly been intimidated into silence on political issues about which their congregants need truthful information.

Paul Blair, the first speaker at the Muskogee Patriot Townhall and a very knowledgeable constitutional activist, said that such a notion is not true: he spent a week in Florida in July with Mat Staver, President of Liberty Council and Dean of Liberty University Law School saying that in 2008 32 clergy preached “election sermons” and made endorsements from their pulpits, then sent a copy of their sermons to the IRS. Every year the number of informed, patriotic clergy has increased so that over 1,600 pastors participated in 2012. The IRS has been totally silent in response.

Churches are tax exempt, period. Clergy need to return to their place of influence in the life of this nation as they once did in the Revolutionary War days, using their influence for mobilizing citizens and prayer for the birth of this nation.

At the August Muskogee Patriot Townhall meeting (monthly, first Thursday at 6:30 p.m.), the speaker Oklahoma Rep. Dan Fisher (Dist. 60) spoke about this myth saying that the IRS has not responded at all when pastors have sent copies of their political sermons to them. No church has lost its tax exempt status. For far too long clergy have been intimidated by this myth.

Contact Paul Blair also for encouragement to join the over 1,600 clergy on “Patriot Pastors Sunday” in order to get ready for “elections” 2014 and 2016.

Be an educated voter, a patriot-pastor and a prayer-warrior to implement help from above for our nation.

CATHERINE WHITE

Muskogee

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