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Local church breaks law, preaches politics

By Dana Molina, Multimedia Journalist/Telemundo Anchor, dana.molina@krdo.com
Published On: Oct 14 2012 04:30:27 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 14 2012 10:22:33 PM CDT

KRDO Newschannel 13's Dana Molina tells us about churches pushing a political message from the pulpit.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

A local church was one of 1,500 parishes that broke the law forbidding tax-exempt organizations from participating in political campaigns, as part of Pulpit Freedom Sunday.

The pastor at Church for all Nations discussed politics openly during his Sunday sermon, revealing his choice for president.

"I didn't like the fact that Romney was a Mormon," Pastor Mark Cowart said in the sermon. "But he's got my vote."
     
The rule that prohibits churches and other tax-exempt groups from preaching about politics was enacted in the 1950's. Pastor Cowart said it has limited pastors, and that it's time to make a change.

"People say keep your faith and politics separate," he said. "I don't believe you can do that any more than you can keep your faith and your honesty and integrity separate."

A parishioner told KRDO NEWSCHANNEL 13 the pastor's sermon helped him make a choice for November's election.

"I was kind of on the fence, I didn't want to vote for one or the other," Matthew Smith said. "The sermon helped me lean towards one way and helped me see a couple things that I didn't see."
     
Pastor Cowart said he doesn't think his sermon will have consequences with the IRS.

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