The Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations (Commission) is working on a report for Senator Charles Grassley concerning the freedom of speech with respect to clergy and other religious leaders speaking out on political candidates. When will this report be released?
It is anticipated that this report will be released in the next 60 days. The report is not as much about whether clergy should speak out in favor or against certain political candidate as a representative of the church, but more about whether the federal government should have the power to revoke the tax-exempt status of a church if its pastor crossed a gray line in the IRS regulations. This report will be available online at ECFA.org.
Dan Busby, President of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), is a nationally recognized author and speaker and a member of the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations.