April 8, 2015 10:00 am -


Leading up to Tuesday’s spring election in Wisconsin, Pastor Fred Smith of the Watertown Community Church had an interesting message for his congregation – how to vote in the election. Smith tells his flock that he put a flier in the church bulletin which was published by the Wisconsin Family Council, a conservative religious group that…


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12 responses to Wisconsin Preacher Tells Congregation How To Vote

  1. rg9rts April 8th, 2015 at 10:03 am

    No problem…tell them all how they should vote and LOSE YOUR TAX EXEMPT STATUS

  2. Angelo_Frank April 8th, 2015 at 10:13 am

    The IRS is deathly afraid of the backlash if they take away the tax-exempt status from these grifters.

  3. Guy Lauten April 8th, 2015 at 10:59 am

    No American should pay their tax levy until this “church” does. Period.

  4. labman57 April 8th, 2015 at 11:37 am

    The federal government should never have granted tax-exempt status to — and it should have long ago rescinded said status for — religious congregations and organizations that use their congregants’ money to lobby for or against public policies or legislative proposals, as well as those that use the pulpit as a means to proselytize a specific political agenda.

  5. Dwendt44 April 8th, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    And now the Chief Justice is chosen by a popularity contest. Given that the state supreme court is now mostly conservative, guess which side gets the center chair.

  6. Bunya April 8th, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Churches aren’t even discreet anymore. I remember a few denominations actually told their parishioners to vote against Obama because of his women’s right to choose stance. Never mind that he was going to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Never mind he was going to repair the economy. Never mind he was going to reinstate SCHIP. Never mind he promised affordable health care for the disenfranchised. Nope. The most important aspect for how the faithful should vote rests solely on removing as many rights for women as possible.
    I have an idea. Boost the economy by taxing religious organizations.

  7. viva_democracy April 8th, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I have no problem with some of the churches, like in Ohio, that gave rides to the voting booths to those in their congregation who may not have been able to get there any other way, but telling them how to vote is something completely different. This is mixing religion and politics and they should have their tax-free status revoked…NOW.

  8. Guy Lauten April 8th, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    My closely-held religious convictions insist that I cannot participate in any concern that may go to war against anyone. Therefore – as is my right under the new RFRAs – I will not be giving the US government any more of my money.

  9. Pilotshark April 8th, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Get the preachers church and get an IRS agent there to pick up all the back taxes his religion owes!
    you want to make political points from the church cheap seats, pay your taxes!

  10. allison1050 April 8th, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    What “separation of church and state”…?

  11. frambley1 April 9th, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Looking into the tax exempt status of churches is the last thing the IRS is going to do. Look how badly it turned out when they looked into the tax exempt status of political education groups. It would be great, and should be done, but will never happen.

  12. Snick1946 April 9th, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Nothing new here, it’s been going on for decades in evangelical churches. I grew up in them in Iowa back in the 60’s and remember preachers railing against JFK and other Democrats. Bastards- they all need to lose their tax exemptions but we all know they won’t and why they won’t.