During the early January 2012, a wide range of clergy launched their mail to locate a “Legal Notice” from the Texas lawyer and delivered on MECOвЂ™s behalf. “It offers arrived at our attention which you, your church, or people in your church might be collecting signatures or else promising to simply just take guidelines through the proponentsвЂ™ governmental operatives, whom tell churchgoers that their governmental plan is really a вЂCovenant for Faith and Families,вЂ™” said the page.
” for the effort petition,” it stated in bold type. Another phrase warned that churches could lose their tax-exempt status by venturing into politics. The letter determined by saying MECO will be viewing for violations and would report” any”promptly.
Immediately after the Rev. Wallace Hartsfield of Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City received the page, an attorney called. Had he received the letter? Hartsfield remembers being asked. He reacted, “you need to try to sue, all right?” he recalls if you feel like weвЂ™re doing something illegal. […]