LEAKEY, Texas -- A Leakey church posted a political sign and now a Washington, D.C.-based church-state watchdog group wants the IRS to investigate.
The sign, posted by the Church in the Valley pastor Ray Miller, says, "Vote for the Mormon, not the Muslim! Vote for the capitalist, not the communist!"
But Americans United wants the IRS to punish the church for violating federal tax law that prohibits tax-exempt organizations, including churches, from intervening in political elections.
Americans United issued a press release Tuesday that said:
“This sign is a blatant attempt to intervene in a political campaign,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “I urge the IRS to crack down on this over-the-top law-breaking.”
“Miller may indeed have strong feelings about the election, but that does not give him the right to use his tax-exempt church to endorse a candidate,” Lynn wrote to IRS officials. “In fact, Miller’s actions are a clear and flagrant violation of the law.”
They said they delivered a letter to the IRS outlining their complaint.