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This series provides in-depth coverage of the top religion and ethics stories of the week as well as religious and ethical perspectives on domestic and foreign events and the arts. Hosted by veteran journalist Bob Abernethy, the series brings viewers breaking news through live and taped reports filed by a team of correspondents in the field and interviews with prominent newsmakers.

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Saturday, Sep 22, 2012 - 6:00 AM

Church Endorsements and the IRS - As 501C3 tax-exempt not-for-profit entities under the tax code, churches are prohibited from endorsing political candidates and risk losing their exemption from paying taxes if they do. Pastors who object to this restriction have announced October 7th as Pulpit Freedom Sunday when they plan to endorse candidates from the pulpit. Lucky Severson talks with pastors who object to this restriction and others who do not and with former IRS official Marcus Owens who says that the IRS has now effectively shut down all investigations into churches accused of violating the endorsement provision. D

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