IRS urged to weigh in on church taking political stand

According to CREW, the project is affiliated with Persuade the World Ministries and has distributed in all 50 states voter guides that rate politicians as "Anti-Jesus" or "faith friendly." 

"Federal law prohibits preachers from politicking from the pulpit, but that is exactly what Pray in Jesus Name Project is asking clergy across the country to do," said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan, in prepared remarks. "Pray in Jesus Name is attempting to use churches to advance its overt political agenda; any churches that go along with this plan and distribute the guides will risk their own tax status in the process." 

The project's website says it seeks to mobilize voters and hosts a picture of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). 

Below their picture reads: "Nancy Pelosi's Congress and Harry Reid's Senate cannot run away from their voting record. If we simply tell the pastors without bias how Harry Reid's Senate voted to confirm the Anti-Jesus Judge David Hamilton (remember the Judge who ruled it's illegal to pray in Jesus' name, but legal to pray for Allah?), how will Christian people vote? If we simply report the non-partisan voting record of Nancy Pelosi's Congress, who voted to pay for abortions with our tax dollars in Obamacare 'health bill,' how will Christian people vote?"

The website adds: "Pastors, we must not fear the government. It is time for the government to fear the Church of Jesus Christ." 

The organization has not responded to contacts for comment. 

According to CREW, the church is a nonprofit organization and is prohibited from disseminating voter guides it views as partisan. Under the law, voter guides must be politically neutral. Pray in Jesus describes candidates as "pro-abortion," anti-free speech," and "pro-homosexual," CREW states. 

"The IRS should investigate whether Pray in Jesus Name is violating its own tax status and warn churches that by distributing the voter guides created by this group, they are jeopardizing their own 501(c)(3) status," Sloan said.

The IRS has a standing policy of not commenting on these types of situations.