Experts want politics back in pulpits

A record-setting 1,586 pastors deliberately broke the law last October by endorsing political candidates from their pulpits. They failed to provoke the IRS, but have gained an unexpected ally. The CAPRO commission, led by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, advised Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) that a 1954 ban on political activism by tax-exempt churches is an "untenable," "disturbing and chilling" regulation of religious speech. Meanwhile, a federal judge allowed atheist activists to sue the IRS for not enforcing the existing ban.

Pro-life organizations spar over pro-gay politician

America's oldest and largest pro-life group has severed ties with an Ohio affiliate for opposing same-sex marriage. Cleveland Right to Life recently added "support for traditional marriage" to its mission statement and publicly criticized Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)—who has a strong pro-life record—after he became the first Republican senator to support same-sex marriage. In response, the National Right to Life Committee ousted the Cleveland group, arguing that pro-life organizations succeed because of their single-issue agenda.

"We respectfully disagree"

So wrote the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, disagreeing with the Tenth Circuit's decision that Hobby Lobby does have free exercise of religion as a for-profit corporation. The ruling, in a separate case, makes it very likely that the legal fight over the HHS contraceptive mandate will reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

Bible society gets domain for $185K

"This is the Bible's moment to move from Gutenberg to Google," proclaimed the American Bible Society, ...

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