|GREENVILLE, S.C. — Constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead will be a featured speaker at a national conference on what it means for churches and other religious institutions to speak truth to power.
The Rutherford Institute has also issued a public policy paper on “A Legacy of Faith, Activism and Revolution: Balancing the First Amendment Rights of Religious Ministries with 501(c)(3) Restrictions on Political Engagement,” which is available at www.rutherford.org.
The conference, “Pastors at Poinsett – Protecting, Feeding and Leading Sheep Today,” which will take place in Greenville, S.C., on Thurs., Nov. 10, 2022, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm ET, is free to attendees, although seating is limited. It will also be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person.
Registration for both the in-person and streaming event can be accessed at:
“In recent years, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when federal and state governments attempted to lockdown communities and limit gatherings, religious institutions found themselves struggling to balance their ministerial mandates with government dictates as to where, how and to what extent they could exercise their right to religious freedom,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People. “The challenge before churches and other religious institutions today is in reconciling a moral calling to speak out on issues of the day, especially as they intersect with contemporary politics, with the need to maintain their tax-exempt nonprofit status, which limits their involvement in political campaigning or substantial lobbying, and has resulted in many churches adopting a conciliatory attitude to the government, which contrasts sharply with their revolutionary forebears.”