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Religious Right groups frequently imply that houses of worship can engage in partisan politicking without fear of violating federal tax law.


This is not true!


Churches, temples and mosques must refrain from outright electioneering. It is not the job of religious leaders to tell people which candidates to vote for or not vote for.


The law is clear: The Internal Revenue Code states that all section 501(c)(3) organizations

Governor Patterson proclaimed May 1, 2008 as a Day of Prayer and Reflection in New York State.

10 Important Questions for a Candidate 

During this election season, it is crucial that we all raise the issue of the need to maintain the separation of church and state. As candidates go around the country asking for your vote, please ask them questions about this crucial issue.
Here are suggested questions (from the First Freedom First campaign) you can use at Town Hall meetings or other locations where candidates for office will be gathering. You can copy and paste them into an email message to the candidates. Or, use these as suggestions to help formulate your own questions to candidates, to find out their views on safeguarding separation of church and state and protecting religious liberty.
  • Leaders on the religious right often say that America is a “Christian Nation.” Do you agree with this statement?
  • Do you think Houses of Worship should be allowed to endorse political candidates and retain their tax exempt status?
  • Do you think public schools should sponsor school prayer or, as a parent, should this choice be left to me?
  • Would you support a law that mandates teaching creationism in my child’s public school science classes?
  • Do you think my pharmacist should be allowed to deny me doctor-prescribed medications based on his or her religious beliefs?
  • Will you respect the rights of those in our diverse communities of faith who deem same-gender marriage to be consistent with their religious creed?
  • Should “faith-based” charities that receive public funds be allowed to discriminate against employees or applicants based on religious beliefs?
  • Do you think one’s right to disbelieve in God is protected by the same laws that protect someone else’s right to believe?
  • Do you think everyone’s religious freedom needs to be protected by what Thomas Jefferson called “a wall of separation” between church and state?
  • What should guide our policies on public health and medical research: science or religion?
Please help to keep these issues in the public eye.