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Justice Department Appointee Blocked Over Stand Opposing Church-Based Politicking

A top tax attorney who has been appointed to an important position at the U.S. Department of Justice is being blocked, apparently because he has expressed support for a federal law that bans partisan politicking by houses of worship.

A year ago, President Barack Obama nominated Cono Namorato to serve as assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice’s tax division. The 73-year-old is currently a tax lawyer with a private firm in Washington, D.C., but he spent two years earlier in his career as director of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility. Read more

Religious Right’s Prodding Of Churches To Violate Federal Law Pays Off Politically, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Calls On IRS To Enforce ‘No-Politicking’ Rule

Religious Right activists are bragging about their success in the 2014 mid-term elections, but there’s one thing they’re not telling the American people: Increasingly, their strategy relies on convincing houses of worship to violate federal law.
 
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today noted that groups like the Faith & Freedom Coalition, the Alliance Defending Freedom, the American Family Association and others urged houses of worship to distribute “voter guides” in houses of worship prior to the election.

Americans United Asks IRS To Investigate NYC Church That Endorsed Romney In Its Bulletin

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Church of Saint Catherine Of Siena May Have Violated Federal Law With Election Intervention

 

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a New York City church that endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in its church bulletin.

The Church of Saint Catherine of Siena’s Sept. 2 bulletin contains a column by the Rev. John Farren, a member of the congregation’s pastoral staff. Titled “From Father Farren, O.P.,” the essay reprints an appeal by several former U.S. ambassadors to the Vatican calling on Catholics to vote for Romney. Read more

Caught In The Web: Partisan Pulpit Politicking Surfaces Online For The World -- And The IRS -- To See

At the end of this week, the Republican National Convention will come to a close and move the 2008 election season into its final months.

With the new VP picks on the tickets and the buzz surrounding the conventions, it wouldn't be surprising if more religious leaders have the urge to spout off on their picks for the president (and vice president) from the pulpit. Read more