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In The News: Volume V, Issue 1
On October 2, 2011 539 pastors spoke out during the 2011 Pulpit Freedom Sunday - more than five times the number from 2010.

Sponsored by the Alliance Defense Fund in conjunction with the ADF Pulpit Initiative (a legal effort to secure the free speech rights of pastors), Pulpit Freedom Sunday encourages pastors to preach sermons presenting biblical perspectives on the positions of electoral candidates.

The surge in participation this year reflected an August 2011 survey of 1,000 Evangelical pastors conducted by ADF and LifeWay research, which found that 86 percent – more than fourth-fifths of those asked – opposed government use of a church’s tax exemption to manipulate what pastors preach from the pulpit.

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