• Jul 01, 1997

    In a July 2 letter to IRS officials, Americans United for Separationof Church and State charged that Falwell and clergy allies used the pulpitsof their tax-exempt churches to endorse Sen. Mark Earley. Falwell claimsthe church-based political crusade was the key factor that gave Earleythe GOP attorney general nomination in the June 10 Virginia primary.

    "If Falwell and his clergy allies want to play hardball politicsin Virginia," said Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn,in a press statement, "they ought to form a political action committee.Otherwise, they are jeopardizing their own churches' tax-exempt statusand the status of other churches whose pastors may follow their bad advice."