Churches and other non-profit groups have tax exemptions that come with a price: They are not allowed to have any involvement in political campaigns.
This Sunday, pastors across the country will stand before God and break the law. The crime? Delivering a sermon that either endorses or opposes a political candidate by name.
On "The Takeaway" -- two pastors with opposing views on politicizing the pulpit: Pastor Gus Booth, who will make an endorsement this Sunday; and Pastor Eric Williams, who will honor the separation of church and state.
Guests: Pastor Gus Booth, Warroad Community Church (Warroad, Minnesota); Reverend Eric Williams, senior pastor of North Congregational United Church of Christ (Columbus, Ohio); and Marci Hamilton, Law professor, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.
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