A complaint has been filed against the Billy Graham Evangelistic
Association with the Internal Revenue Service, as the Freedom From
Religion Foundation seeks to have the Association's tax-exempt
FFRF is complaining because of the full-page ads of Billy Graham featured in major
newspapers leading up to the November 6 election. But Mat Staver of
tells OneNewsNow the respected international evangelist was
completely within his rights.
"Billy Graham did not endorse or oppose a
candidate," Staver recalls. "Billy Graham and the Association
specifically encouraged people to vote biblical values, to vote
those biblical values regarding Israel, life, marriage, and
religious liberty. That's perfectly permissible."
But the attorney recognizes that the Freedom From Religion
Foundation is free to have its own view and can write a letter of
complaint to the IRS, just as anyone else can.
"But the reality is that's permissible under the IRS
regulations," he continues. "Clearly, organizations that are
non-profit can encourage people to vote consistent with the values
that the organization represents -- and that's, in fact, what [the]
Billy Graham Association and Billy Graham did."
Staver says the anti-religion legal group wants to strip pastors
and non-profit organizations of their right to encourage people to
vote their values, "and if you lose that right," he says, "you have
no rights at all."
The Liberty Counsel founder does not believe the FFRF complaint
will go anywhere.