The AU has asked the IRS to look into Bill Keller’s ministry for political intervention for articles he has written about Mitt Romney, a Mormon presidential hopeful. It began earlier this month when Keller put up an article stating that a vote for Romney was “a vote for Satan”. In the fallout Keller wrote another article where he again attacked Romney, whined about being attack and continued calling Mormonism a ‘satanic’ cult.
He also appears to have stepped over the line by actually encouraging Christians to vote for third party candidates should Romney end up the Republican representative (emphasis added):
The legitimate question that this has also raised is who to vote for in ’08. As in the past, I refuse to tell you who to vote for, that is a choice YOU have to make. However, let me give you this guidance. No person who is serious about their faith can vote for a person who is going to support the killing of babies. No person who is serious about their faith can vote for a person who is gong to support redefining God’s Holy Institution of Marriage. No person who is serious about heir faith can vote for a person who is part of a satanic cult since that person will give mainstream credibly to that cult which will lead people to join and end up in hell for rejecting Jesus Christ. That makes this upcoming presidential election a very difficult choice since it is almost a certainty that the nominee from both parties will support killing babies, possibly gay marriage, and be the member of a satanic cult if Romney wins the Republican nomination. So who to vote for?
As you know I am a huge advocate of Christians taking their stand in all areas of the marketplace, including politics. Most likely our only real option will be choosing a third party candidate who will take a stand to uphold Biblical values. I already know that in this two party system we have, a third party candidate has virtually ZERO chance of ever being elected. However, this election is going to be a test of conscience for Christians. Do they compromise and vote for the “lesser of two evils,” or as some will call it, throw away their vote by voting for a third party candidate who has no chance of winning? As I said, this will be a real test of conscience for Christians unless a strong man who will take a stand for Biblical values comes out of nowhere to win the Republican nomination. (Sadly, the Democratic Party will never put forth a nominee who doesn’t support killing babies.)
As a 501 (c)(3) this is against the rules. No organization with this status can provide an endorsement or officially oppose candidates for public office. According to the letter sent to the IRS by Americans United (PDF), there is apparently no separation between LivePrayer and Bill Keller Ministries which means Keller stepped over the line. I fully expect Keller to whine his bloody head off about the complaint, but don’t they all complain when they’re caught putting their feet in their mouths?