A group promoting pastors’ First Amendment rights has announced an initiative to challenge the ban on endorsements of political candidates by tax-exempt organizations.

The Alliance Defense Fund said that it was encouraging pastors across the country to deliver a sermon on Sept. 28 in which they openly discuss the positions of political candidates, and said it would assist with their defense. The group opposes the efforts of another advocacy group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which asks the Internal Revenue Service to investigate instances of religious leaders endorsing or criticizing political candidates.

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