A watchdog group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, is urging the IRS to investigate Pastor Paul Blair for using his tax-exempt group Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ, to raise campaign cash for Kern, ABC reports:
"In a letter sent last month to the Internal Revenue Service, the Washington D.C.-based watchdog group pointed to an e-mail sent ahead of a June campaign kick-off event, 'Rally for Sally,' in which Blair urged parishioners and supporters to lash back at what he called an attempt by the 'homosexual lobby' to take over the elected position. 'If they succeed, it will serve as a warning shot across the bough [sic] of all elected officials who defend Biblical values,' the e-mail read, according to Americans United. 'Even if this is not your district, this race will effect [sic] you! Once a person is elected to the legislature, their voting impacts ALL Oklahomans.'"
Religious organizations are prohibited by law from direct involvement in political campaigns.
"He pointed to Kern's transgender opponent, Brittany Novotny, as what he calls proof that the 'homosexual lobby' has come to Oklahoma. 'In my few years, we've gone from Andy Griffith to 'Brokeback Mountain' and it's not getting any better,' he told ABCNews.com. 'We are just continuing to spiral into a moral abyss. "We have never officially endorsed or gotten into politics,' he said. 'We get into cultural issues.' Americans United's Lynn said he considers the issue to be "an open and shut violation. There's no ambiguity."
In related news, a video from the Brittany Novotny campaign, AFTER THE JUMP...