Ky. pastor told flock to vote out Obama

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Washington-based 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 of office
because of the president's support of gay marriage. Spriggs said
"this country can't afford that kind of ideology."

Americans United for Separation of Church and State says
Spriggs' comments violate a federal law that says tax-exempt
churches should not oppose a candidate.

Executive Director Barry Lynn says Spriggs "clearly doesn't
care what the law says."

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.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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