My old colleague (from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Jeanne Cummings, now at the Politico, has a nice piece about the IRS’ ramping up of its scrutiny of church-based politicking and its possible impact on the Huckabee campaign. Personally, I don’t think that churches with a sufficiently high proportion of politically like-minded voters (conservative evangelical, African-American) will have much difficulty mobilizing their folks as per usual. What the scrutiny is likely to do is make it even more difficult for the rest of us to know what’s really going on. Not that political reporters have ever tried very hard to find out.
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Mark Silk is Professor of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College and director of the college's Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. He is a Contributing Editor of the Religion News Service