We should not be worried about “freedom of thought and speech” in the pulpit. Rather consider the intimidation of congregations who would naturally assume that they must follow their clergyperson’s lead in religion and politics.
I am concerned that religious groups that are tax-exempt would impress their personal political beliefs to a captive audience.
We, who do pay taxes, are afforded the privileges of political expression. Those who do not forfeit that privilege.
Do you realize how many thousands of dollars each of us pays (and has paid) in taxes more than we should have to because of religious exemptions?
Oh wait, maybe we could have donated that to our favorite political party (who then could donate it back to their favorite church as bonus for a “heads up” on Sunday morning. Oh yeah …