Ministers defy prohibition on endorsing candidates

OneNewsNow, (AP), October 9, 2012 – 
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SAN DIEGO – One of more than 1,500 ministers who planned to endorse candidates from their pulpits Sunday says he told his congregation that he’ll cast his vote for Mitt Romney.
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San Diego pastor Jim Garlow is the national chairman of Pulpit Freedom Sunday, which challenges the IRS ban on tax-exempt churches endorsing candidates or parties.

Jim Garlow

The pastor of Skyline Church says the law needs to be challenged to prove that it’s an unconstitutional violation of pastors’ free speech and religious rights. “We believe it’s our biblical authority to obey God — and it’s our constitutional right, based upon the First Amendment,” says the pastor.Garlow says some clergy participating in Pulpit Freedom Sunday probably endorsed President Barack Obama. But Garlow says he told his congregation that he believes Obama’s support for legal abortion and same-sex “marriage” violates biblical principles.

“The way I said it is: No follower of Jesus Christ is going to want to vote for a person who violates biblical principles. Tearing up babies in the womb, destroying the definition of marriage — who’d want to vote for somebody who would do that? And for that reason, I’m voting for Mitt Romney.”

The San Diego pastor says he didn’t tell his congregation to join him in voting for Romney, but urged them to consider what the Bible says, to pray about it, and then vote accordingly.

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