They can talk about political issues, but they can't tell their flock to vote for either McCain or Obama. If they do break the law, it's possible that the entire religious organization (church, mosque, temple, etc.) could lose its tax-exempt status under the law. This is important since these organizations are not-for-profit and therefore might not be viable if taxed.
Today, a group called the Alliance Defense Fund is sponsoring "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" in order to challenge the above law that they consider unjust.
- Is this truly a case of civil disobedience?
- Are preachers' 1st amendment rights (speech, etc.) being violated by the government?
- Assuming you are religious, what would you think if your religious leader endorsed one of the presidential candidates during a service?