The wall of separation between church and state is one of the founding philosophies of the United Staes of America — and conservatives are trying hard to erode it. Lauren Boebert is making it very clear she doesn’t believe in keeping the two apart, and in fact, is calling for churches to seek even more influence over the state.
Remember last week when we learned that Supreme Court Justices had prayed with a right-wing group before hearing a case brought by that same group, and then ruling in their favor? That’s right — Rolling Stone reports that religious leader Peggy Nienaber boasted in front of the Supreme Court building about praying with Justices in advance of cases brought by Liberty Counsel, to which she is connected.
Of course, this conflict of interest didn’t undo decisions SCOTUS has already made in favor of this right-wing organization and its clients. Whether or not Nienaber’s prayers influenced the Supreme Court Justices, it’s just one current case of religious activism attempting to influence government — and Lauren Boebert wants more of it.
Here she is telling an audience that preachers should be actively teaching their churches how to sway government outcomes.
Lauren Boebert says she wants pastors to preach on how the church can “influence the direction of government.” pic.twitter.com/mcXSrHozvo
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“I believe that great patriots all throughout this nation, and Christians will begin to position themselves in these days and these times, that pastors would have a boldness to speak from the pulpit of their churches to direct and inform the church on how to influence the direction of government!”
Note that the IRS explains here that “501(c)(3) organizations, which include charities and churches” are forbidden from engaging in political activity,at least if they would like to remain eligible for their tax-exempt status.
Currently, the law prohibits political campaign activity by charities and churches by defining a 501(c)(3) organization as one “which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.”
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com