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Tenn. churches push limits on political endorsements

Bob Smietana • Nov 2, 2012 at 3:51 AM

The Rev. Glenn Denton of the 2,500-member Hillcrest Baptist Church in Lebanon doesn’t care what the tax man says.

He’s not going to stop telling people who God wants them to vote for — and in his opinion, it’s not Barack Obama.

“I would stand where I stood if I knew tomorrow that they were going to jerk our tax exemption,” he said.

Internal Revenue Service rules ban leaders of churches and other charities from endorsing candidates or taking part in political campaigns. But investigations slowed three years ago, allowing some preachers and church groups to push the limits when it comes to politics in the pulpit.

Read the expanded version of this report at the Tennessean Web site.

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