Group Urges IRS to Investigate Oklahoma Pastor for Endorsing Conservative Candidate
An Oklahoma Baptist pastor is defending his support of a Republican candidate despite a watchdog group's push for the IRS to investigate the man for a possible violation of federal law.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has accused Pastor Paul Blair of using his tax-exempt religious organization, Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ, to drum up support and funds for state Rep. Sally Kern, a Republican seeking her fourth term.
In a letter sent last month to the Internal Revenue Service, the Washington D.C.-based watchdog group pointed to an e-mail sent ahead of a June campaign kick-off event, "Rally for Sally," in which Blair urged parishioners and supporters to lash back at what he called an attempt by the "homosexual lobby" to take over the elected position....
He has every right to get involved in politics. However, once he spoke of this in church, or if he indeed spoke of this in church, they should have to pay taxes. That's when it becomes a violation of 501 c.