This election season, be on the lookout for church politicking. See Americans United for Separation of Church and State‘s guidelines on this, and report a violation if a house of worship in your area oversteps the boundaries between church and state. Lots of information from AU, including the online version of our pamphlet “Religion, Partisan Politics, and Tax Exemption.”
Religious groups have the right to speak out on political and social issues. Federal law, however, prohibits most tax-exempt bodies, including houses of worship, from intervening in elections by endorsing or opposing candidates for public office. Churches are not political action committees and should not act like them. Religious leaders should abide by the law and refrain from turning their congregations into cogs in a political machine.