Instead of giving churches more power in the political arena, the Federal Government, specifically the Internal Revenue Service, should be more closely monitoring and dealing with churches that endorse candidates and campaigns. However, if Rep. Walter Jones, Republican from North Carolina, and Rev. Chan Chandler, a former minister from North Carolina, have anything to do with it, churches may have even MORE involvement in politics, and in essence act like Political Action Committees.http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/05/16/MNGASCPR0F1.DTL
Rep. Jones introduced the House of Worship Freedom of Speech Act two times already, unsuccessful in gaining enough support. The Act would amend the IRS tax code to enable churches to endorse candidates and campaigns. Rev. Chandler, who recently resigned from his church due to a political controversy in which he "ran out" nine members of his congregation who disagreed with his political views,(http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/05/10/church.politics.ap/) is endorsing the House of Worship Freedom of Speech Act, and the debate is back on.
The religious right already think that God is on their side, and if this Act is passed, the country will further be divided, and the intolerance will grow. Churches should not be allowed to be Political Action Committees to any extent.