Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Conservative Groups of all stripes are up in arms again! This time it has to do with proposed federal legislation which would mandate that all groups and organizations, including churches and some individuals, register with the government as lobbyists when they encourage their supporters or the public at large to contact their Congressional Representatives or Senators concerning potential legislation or other public policy concerns. Groups such as The American Family Association and Focus on the Family Action have alerted their supporters of H.R. 4682 and S. 1. Public Policy Law Firms, such as the American Center for Law and Justice, headed by Jay Sekulow, are on the forefront of detailing the legalities of these twin bills and their potential effect upon churches and groups to exercise their constitutional rights, in this case the right to free speech, the free exercise of religion and the "right to petition the government for redress of grievances."
My questions are these:
Does it make a difference whether a church is incorporated or not when attempting to exercise any constitutional right? Why?