Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Repub Leader Urges Clergy to Ignore Tax Laws

Oklahoma Republican Assembly President Tim Pope is apparently urging local clergy to ignore tax laws that govern use of the pulpit for political speech....here's an excerpt from his recent email:

"And, oh yeah, lest I haven’t quite offended everyone quite yet, let me pass a word on to Pastors – stop being more concerned with your tax status than you are with what is going on in our society – you have tons of leeway behind the pulpit but you have to want to find out what it is and then use it. Follow the lead of Pastor Paul Blair who says that his ministry is supported by people because of his mission – not the tax deduction. "
Tim Pope
President, Oklahoma Republican Assembly

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