August 3, 2012
Liberty Counsel Releases “Silence is Not an Option” for Pastors and Churches
Washington, DC - Liberty Counsel is distributing over 100,000 copies of “Silence is Not an Option,” a DVD and printed material set informing pastors and churches about what is permissible regarding political and advocacy activity.
“The church must be empowered to confront the assaults on our culture, our faith, and our freedom,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “I don’t want any pastor, church leader or lay person to say, ‘What more could I have done to protect life and liberty?’”
“Silencing people of faith in the public square has always been the goal of those who realize the influence that pastors, churches, and people of faith have on elections. I want pastors to remove the muzzle and replace it with a megaphone,” said Staver. “Pastors and churches have a lot of freedom to address Biblical and moral issues, to educate people about the candidates, and to encourage people to vote. Not one church has ever lost its tax-exemption for endorsing or opposing candidates or for supporting or opposing local, state or federal laws,” said Staver.
Churches can educate about political, moral, and Biblical issues. These kinds of issues – whether abortion, marriage, feeding the poor, or any policy issue in the community – are never off limits for a pastor to address from his pulpit, even if politicians are also talking about those issues. “Silence is Not an Option” systematically addresses the misrepresentations used to muzzle America’s pastors and Christian leaders.
“As a former pastor and founder of a public-interest law firm, I can attest first hand to the importance of knowing what the law is regarding the political activities of pastors, churches and non-profit organizations. Liberty Counsel is meeting a critical need by sending out 100,000 action packs to pastors and church leaders across America,” said Staver.
Liberty Counsel is an international non-profit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.
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