I put this in GQ because I’m looking for a factual answer on how far religious organizations are permitted to go in politicking.
I’m admittedly not clear on this because I am not religious, do not belong to the Christian religion, no church organization affiliation, and so forth.
Let me give you an example:
There’s a large, fairly new (maybe 5, 6 years old) Christian-religion church in the city and I drive by it daily on the way back from work. It has a really large, very visible electronic marquee with scrolling messages.
A sample of some of those messages that scroll on the marquee:
“Pray for our American troops!”
(superimposed over an image of a waving American flag) “One Nation, Under God”
(also superimposed over an image of a waving American flag) “Christian Nation”
I remember on voting day a while back (local races, not national) the marquee scrolled, “Make sure to vote and vote your conscience! Call XXX-XXXX for voting locations!”
Other times, it’s got short little bible verses and other quotations, but it regularly scrolls the “Pray for our troops” and “One Nation Under God”. I see it all the time.
Is this church violating any separation of church and state tenets? Sorry, I don’t mean to turn this into a debate. I’m just curious.