Today is Pulpit Freedom Sunday, when about 1,4000 clergy around the country are going to tell people whom they should vote for in the coming election.
This is in direct contravention of IRS tax rules adopted in 1954 that says that tax-exempt organizations cannot indulge in partisan political campaigning for or against political candidates. The clergy are directly challenging this rule, essentially daring the IRS to take action against them, claiming that the separation of church and state prevents the government from having any say in what goes on inside a church.
Apparently they have been doing this since 2008 with the IRS not doing anything about it and they are raising the stakes. Some of them are recording their political endorsements and sending the recordings to the IRS. Clearly they want this to go to the courts and have the rule be declared unconstitutional.
Stephen Colbert had a segment discussing it..
He also spoke to one of the clergy leading the movement.
(These clips appeared on October 2, 2012. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)