Watchdog group says Kentucky pastor broke federal law by telling followers to vote out Obama


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A religious watchdog group says an eastern Kentucky Baptist pastor violated federal law when he urged his followers to vote President Barack Obama out of office in November.

Pastor Ronnie Spriggs of Hager Hill Freewill Baptist Church said during a May 13 sermon that he wants Obama voted out because of his support for gay marriage.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State say Spriggs' comments violates IRS rules on political activism by nonprofit religious groups. The IRS rarely revokes a church's tax-exempt status.

Spriggs did not return phone calls to his home and office. A video of the sermon was streamed on the Johnson County church's website.

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