Project Fair Play

Because religion and partisan politics shouldn't mix.

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AU Executive Director Barry W. Lynn on the dangers of pulpit politicking.

The Law at a Glance

Houses of worship may:

  • Discuss public policy issues.
  • Sponsor non-partisan voter registration and encourage voting as good civic behavior.
  • Sponsor candidate forums as long as all leading candidates are invited and a broad range of issues is discussed.
  • Urge congregants to communicate with candidates and make their concerns known to them.

Houses of worship may not:

  • Issue statements endorsing or opposing candidates.
  • Donate money to a candidate.
  • Offer church space to one candidate and refuse it to another.
  • Sponsor rallies for candidates in church.