The Pulpit Favors Hillary

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    Aug 08, 2016 3:18 PM GMT
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/09/us/views-from-the-pulpit-tend-to-favor-hillary-clinton-survey-finds.html?_r=0Few American churchgoers have heard endorsements from the pulpit in the past few months of this contentious presidential race, but when clergy members did speak out in church, far more favored Hillary Clinton than Donald J. Trump, according to a survey released on Monday by the Pew Research Center.

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    Aug 08, 2016 3:22 PM GMT
    http://www.pewforum.org/2016/08/08/many-americans-hear-politics-from-the-pulpit/...the U.S. Internal Revenue Code places limits on the political activities of tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, including churches; they are prohibited from coming out in favor of one candidate over another (though not from discussing political issues) if they wish to retain their tax-exempt status....

    Still, some Americans – 14% of those who attended religious services in the spring and early summer – say their clergy have spoken out in support of, or in opposition to, one of the presidential candidates during this campaign season. One-in-ten (9%) say they have heard clergy speak out in support of a candidate, including 6% who say they heard support for Hillary Clinton and 1% who heard support for Donald Trump. A similar share of churchgoers (11%) say they have heard religious leaders speak out against a candidate, including 7% who say their clergy have come out in opposition to Trump and 4% who have heard opposition to Clinton....
    Three-in-ten black Protestant churchgoers have heard their clergy support Clinton, one-in-five have heard opposition to Trump