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Audio: Pastor Meeks tells IL congregants how to vote; doesn't say when he'll turn over his church's tax exemption

by Jeremy Hooper

Pastor James Meeks was one of the leaders of the African American Clery Association, which was unsuccessful in stopping civil marriage equality in Illinois. Now out of options, Pastor Meeks has turned to anti-gay pastors' second favorite pastime: violating lines between church and state in a way that flagrantly flouts IRS tax code:

[SOURCE: Salem Baptist Church of Chicago]

Pastors who wish to enjoy tax exemption cannot tell congregants who does and does not deserve their vote. But they do it—ALL THE TIME!

Social conservatives have spent the past year claiming that the IRS has been victimizing their advocates. From where I sit, watching this particular fight over LGBT rights, I'm thinking the IRS has been exceedingly lenient. Far too lenient, in fact.

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