Say Your Piece and Render Unto Caesar
I think this is a lousy idea.
Is anyone (including the IRS) saying that a clergyman or woman cannot speak in favor of a particular cause, candidate, or campaign? No, only that if they do so under the aegis of the church the institution's tax status may be reviewed. In much the same way, I am free to say that Politician X is a lying, scum-sucking weasel, subject to the possibility of a libel suit. If supporting the candidate of your choice (or excoriating one you loathe) is so important to you that feel you cannot in good conscience keep silent on the subject while in the pulpit, then you should be ready to take the consequences--or your organization should. Otherwise, give your personal endorsement when you've climbed down from the lecturn.
If this dreadful bill manages to get through Congress, my only hope is that the liberal ministers take it and run--since it seems pretty clear to my eye that Jones is only concerned about the freedom to speak of conservative clergy endorsing conservative candidates. It would be very nice if this turned around and bit people in the ass.
Next thing, you've got doctors refusing to help someone who won't listen to their endorsements, or pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions for drugs or services they don't approve of, of--no wait, we've already got that happening. I dunno. I thought the founding fathers were on to a good thing with that Separation of Church and State thing.
Representative Emanuel Cleaver, a United Methodist pastor, former Kansas City mayor, and congressman, notes that he never endorsed someone in his church. "'When the church and the state sleep together, the church rises the next day without respect. The church must retain its purity.'"
So must the state. It's a rather tattered purity, but it's important, nonetheless.