FROM Jesse Merriam
Pastors to Protest Rules on Political Speech "I have the right to speak biblical truth without being punished for it," says the Rev. Jody Hice in Bethlehem, Georgia in today's Wall Street Journal . This coming Sunday, some thirty ministers across the country are planning to endorse a candidate for president. It's a challenge to the Internal Revenue Service and laws that exempt nonprofits from taxes if they don't engage in political activity. But what if the interpretation of "biblical truth" means endorsing John McCain for President. Jesse Merriam is a research associate at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life .
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