Today is Pulpit Freedom Sunday, When Christian Pastors Dare the IRS to Revoke Their Tax-Exemption

The biggest IRS scandal is the one virtually no one is talking about: How churches that pay no taxes in return for not endorsing political candidates are breaking those rules openly and receiving no punishment at all. (Some pastors even sent the IRS videos of their sermons.)

It happens on “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” — and today, more than 1,000 pastors are expected to participate. Since there’s no presidential candidate to endorse, they’re speaking about why the congregation should oppose marriage equality:

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Candidate for Roanoke County Board of Supervisors: Religious Freedom Only Applies to Christians

In Virginia, Al Bedrosian is the Republican candidate in the race to win one of the five seats on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors. There’s no Democrat in the race; he’s running against independent Gary Jarrell.

None of this would be particularly newsworthy outside of Roanoke if it weren’t for this opinion piece Bedrosian wrote for the Roanoke Times nears six years ago, in which he talks about how this country is not only a Christian nation, but one where non-Christians should not be allowed to worship at all:

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Non-Religious Doughnuts

National Doughnut Day was Friday, but it’s never too late to use them to compare non-religious philosophies:

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Do Other Newspapers Have a Daily Prayer?

This is news to me: The Oklahoman has a daily prayer on its front page (I boxed it in red near the bottom left):

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Christians Can’t Avoid Taking a Stance on Homosexuality

You’ve seen this happen before: A pastor sits for an interview. He’s asked what he thinks about homosexuality. Not wanting to be lumped in with known bigots — the Falwells, Warrens, Driscolls, and the like — he says it’s not his position to judge. It may be a sin, but so are a lot of things.

But should gay marriage be legalized? Are civil unions acceptable? Do people choose to be gay? Can gay people be leaders in the church? Are gays and lesbians going to hell (assuming they act on their sexuality like everybody else)?

Dodge. Pivot. Change the subject.

Christian blogger Tony Jones had a conversation with a pastor recently and the topic came up. When Tony asked him some of those questions, the pastor was upset that he was being put in that awkward position — he said it wasn’t “his issue” so why bother asking him?

Tony’s response is exactly the right one (emphasis his):

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