(NEWSER) – You can't have your cake and eat it, too—or, in the case of the "rogue" pastors described by Politico, you can't endorse political candidates and still get sweet tax breaks. Although the ministers assert it's within their First Amendment rights to preach their political preferences, it's a violation of an IRS law that prohibits tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations from supporting candidates.
But the IRS doesn't seem to be moving against the pastors, and the clergy are growing more confident. "If by chance a member of the IRS gets [my] sermon and is listening, sue me," a San Diego pastor tells Politico. An increasing number of pastors have been offering endorsements during Pulpit Freedom Sunday, an event designed by the Pulpit Initiative to fight for free speech for pastors.