February 6, 2013

When Billy Graham Broke the Law

Stephen Prothero, Religion & Politics

A few weeks before last November’s election, a yard sign popped up in front of First Baptist Church of West Harwich, Massachusetts, not far from my Cape Cod home. “Scott Brown He’s For Us,” it read, giving a thumbs up to the incumbent Republican senator in his race with Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren (who eventually won). Closer to my home, the Roman Catholic parish Corpus Christi in Sandwich, Massachusetts, displayed a yard sign opposing Massachusetts Question 2, which would have allowed terminally ill patients to be given lethal drugs by their doctors.

The IRS prohibits tax-exempt organizations from endorsing candidates, so the Scott Brown yard sign clearly ran afoul of federal law. And to ...

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Billy Graham, Politics

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

October 25, 2013
Papa Don't Preach Politics
Nicholas Hahn, Wall Street Journal
When Congress ended the government shutdown last week and arranged to resume the debt-ceiling fight in February, no doubt many Americans prayed that next time around there would be less partisan behavior from lawmakers on both... more ››
October 14, 2013
Breaking Bad Bishops
Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture
Periodically the USCCB’s Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development issues “action alerts” urging American Catholics to contact their senators and representatives to urge them to take one position or another on... more ››
October 22, 2013
Billy Graham Against the Machine
Brian Miller, Juicy Ecumenism
In Billy Graham’s most recent interview, the 95 year old Evangelist was asked about our increasingly techno-centric culture and if there was a biblical view of technology. His response is worth considering:“We have... more ››
October 16, 2013
Billy Graham's Last Hope
Christianity Today
In the heydey of his crusade ministry, Billy Graham would travel across the globe to preach to stadium-sized audiences. Now, though confined to his home in the mountains of western North Carolina, the mass evangelist is still... more ››