The GOP and the right wing better tread lightly when it comes to stuff like this:
An Episcopal Church says it will fight to keep its tax-exempt status in light of an Internal Revenue Service investigation into a politically charged sermon.
The Rev. Ed Bacon, rector of All Saints Church, said Monday that the church learned of the investigation in June, and he made it public in services Sunday because the IRS appears to be close to a decision on the matter. The investigation was triggered by a sermon delivered by Rector Emeritus George Regas.While many churches deal with politics in general from the pulpit, they are enjoined from making endorsements if they wish to stay tax-free.
The IRS notified the church of the investigation in a letter that cited an Oct. 31, 2004, sermon by Regas called “If Jesus Debated Senator Kerry and President Bush.” Church leaders say they have done nothing wrong.
Two words: Justice Sunday. Three words: Just Us Sunday.