In a flagrant violation of separation-of-church-and-state rules that Democrats love to bring to high school football games, Virginia’s liberal-establishment governor candidate has distributed a campaign ad specifically to be shown in churches.
Featuring Vice President Kamala Harris, the ad urges churchgoers to vote for former governor and Clinton money-man Terry McAuliffe for governor, according to the New York Post.
The video was to be aired in 300 churches across Virginia through Nov. 2. The vice president is the star of the ad, which is an unambiguous campaign commercial despite clear Internal Revenue Service rules that bar churches and charities from being involved in political campaigns.
In the video Harris calls on Virginians to “raise your voice through your vote,” for McAuliffe, calling the white male liberal insider “the leader Virginia needs at this moment.”
McAuliffe, whose poll numbers have not been strong due to increased distrust of Democrats across the state, is competing with Republican Glenn Youngkin.
The IRS law, approved by Congress in 1954, prohibits 501(c)(3) organizations — including churches and charities — from “engaging in any political campaign activity.”
“Currently, the law prohibits political campaign activity by charities and churches by defining a 501(c)(3) organization as one ‘which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office,’ ” the IRS website states.
The Secular Coalition for America, an advocacy lobbying group which describes itself as “representing the interests of atheists, humanists, freethinkers, agnostics, and other nontheistic Americans,” slammed the ad as an “inappropriate mixing of government, politics, and religion.”
Only, where is the Freedom from Religion Foundation? They appear to be more interested in high school football coaches who lead their teams in prayer.