NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The federal government has no business punishing pastors for what they preach, says a high-profile commission that is calling for the IRS to dump a 1954 policy barring clergy from endorsing political candidates.
The current rules for churches don't work, and the IRS isn't enforcing them anyway, the group of church and nonprofit leaders and legal experts said.
The IRS ban hasn't kept preachers like the Rev. Tex Thomas from speaking their minds about politics and candidates. He says that's part of a preacher's job.
Great, great, great! Let's just tax them like any other business, let them say whatever they want.