The Alliance Defense Fund, a legal action group whose purpose appears to be to promote an American Theocracy, has instituted The Pulpit Initiative. In brief, it calls for ministers, priests and pastors to openly stump for particular candidates on September 28, 2008 (“Pulpit Freedom Sunday”) and beyond. No more pussyfooting around those silly IRS rules or the First Amendment. Push for “right thinking” candidates from every pulpit.
Naturally, the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State have responded with Project Fair Play to try to bring awareness of this action to the people, and the clergy, of what the repercussions of this movement might be.
But then we have this apparently left-field selection for GOP-VP, pert and perky fundamentalist Sarah Palin. Does it seem to you as if she were tailor made for the Pulpit Initiative? What other qualification does she have?
As part of this initiative, fundamentalist groups are challenging the IRS’ right to restrict the direct political action of not-for-profits. They claim that tax-free organizations should not be restricted from direct political action. Basically, they want representation without taxation, claiming it as an inalienable right. My guess is that they are hoping to take it to the Supreme Court, before Obama gets to pick a judge.