Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Mat Staver solicits criminal conduct

Monday, in a piece written by Liberty Counsel in Canada Free Press (think WND North), Mat Staver is once again instructing people to break the law. The article is titled “Pastors and Churches Should Ignore Threats to Be Silent.” Staver acknowledges that federal law prohibits churches and other 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations from engaging in politics. Staver claims that pastors should break the law because no pastor has ever been successfully prosecuted for electioneering.

Encouraging people to break the law is attorney misconduct for which Staver could lose his license to practice law. In fact it is a crime to encourage people to commit a crime.

Note: Liberty Counsel is designated an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

According to Liberty Counsel:
Pastors and churches should ignore hollow threats to be silent regarding biblical and moral issues that are relevant to this election. Once again, like a broken record, Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State is sending out baseless, threatening letters to pastors. “Americans United has not won a single threat against a church regarding tax-exempt status. No church has ever lost its tax-exemption over political activity,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “The best use of a letter from Barry Lynn is to line the bottom of a birdcage,” Staver said.
Later on:
“The truth is, no church has ever lost its tax-exempt status for either endorsing or opposing any political candidate or endorsing or opposing a local, state or federal law,” said Staver. “Pastors should not allow secularists like Lynn to intimidate them. Church leaders and pastors may speak on biblical and moral issues. They can educate about the candidates’ viewpoints. They can encourage people to vote and can even assist them in getting to the polls.”

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