As if churches aren't being attacked enough, now comes the second round. First, we had Obamacare, which currently forces churches and religious institutions to violate their faith in order to comply with Obama's law (lawsuits pending). Now, an organization is looking to make sure churches don't step out of line or speak out during this election cycle.
As reported by CatholicVote.org, 60,000 churches were sent a letter from Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The letter warns churches that their IRS tax-exempt status could be revoked if they speak out too much.
Here is a copy of the letter:
Does this seem like a public service to you? A gentle reminder?
This is a naked attempt to bully churches into being quiet this election. They even offer a section on their website inviting people to "Report a Violation". That's because they know that religiously active American citizens can be all the difference in critical elections across the country this November.
Catholic priests, parishes, dioceses, etc have every right to inform the consciences of their fellow Catholics. Just because you are a person of faith or a 501c3 non-profit does not mean you must give up your right to free speech.