A pro-abortion group is sending letters to 60,000 churches in an attempt to intimidate them in the upcoming elections.
With churches holding voter registration drives, with pastors talking about the importance of pro-life and religious issues in the election and with churches allowing pro-lifers to distribute literature based on their First Amendment rights, the threats could adversely effect pro-life election efforts.
Mathew Staver, chairman of the Liberty Counsel, a pro-life legal group, talked about the letters.
“In a national mass mailing, the left-wing organization Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) has advised the leadership of 60,000 targeted churches across the nation not to become involved in “partisan politicking,” he said. “Their true goal, unwritten but hidden between the lines: To SILENCE the truth from being spoken in American pulpits and to MUZZLE people of faith on the vital issues that will be decided in the 2012 elections.”
“AU sent a letter to churches just weeks before the 2012 national elections, which I believe is the most pivotal in our generation and among the most critical in our nation’s history,” he added.
Liberty Counsel is fighting back and has sent about 25,000 churches its “Silence is Not an Option” Action Pack informing them of their legal rights this election. More are on the way.
“We must counter this overt attack in the few remaining days before Election Day 2012,” Staver said. “Here is our plan: We are stepping out in faith and have resolved to distribute the entire remaining inventory (almost 70,000 Handbooks) of our powerful new resource, the Patriot’s Handbook of Political Action for Pastors and Churches, to churches and pastors in the next two weeks.”
“This is the largest such single distribution we have ever attempted, and it’s not going to be easily accomplished. But we MUST do everything possible to STOP the silencing of pastors and churches at this crucial hour,” Staver said. “Because of the lateness of the hour and the enormity of the challenge, we have already begun this vital and necessary effort to counter the disinformation and bullying of leftist organizations like Americans United. This is no time to shrink back and leave the intentional misinformation of our adversaries unanswered.”
So what can churches and pastors do during election season?
“I want to remove the muzzle that secularists want to put on pastors and replace it with a megaphone. Pastors can preach on biblical issues, can educate people about where the candidates stand on these biblical issues, and can urge the people to vote for biblical values. Churches can help people register to vote, and much more,” Staver explains. “A pastor can preach on the sanctity of human life and then educate the people about where the candidates stand on this issue. We face the most important election of our life time. Silence is not an option.”
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And Staver says no church has ever faced consequences for acting on its rights.
“Not one church has ever lost its tax exemption for political activity. Not one! The letters from this secularist group is merely a scare tactic to silence pastors,” he said.
“It was the sermons of pastors that provided the fuel for the American Revolution. Now, more than ever, we need pastors to speak biblical truth. The future of America and Western Civilization is at stake,” he concluded. “In November, we are challenged to change the course of our country and, indeed, history itself – but we must first confront the attempts to muzzle our ministry leaders.”