President Barack Obama? No, but just as shockingly, First Lady Michelle Obama has encouraged defiance of the federal government (h/t Godfather Politics).
The First Lady may not be familiar with the intricacies of getting state legislatures to pass bills or even non-binding resolutions, mobilizing sheriffs or persuading juries, but remember the generally accepted definition of nullification among the Tenther movement is any action or group of actions that has the effect of rendering a federal law null, void and unenforceable. And it need not be one of the methods usually promoted by the Tenth Amendment Center.
Current IRS regulations on non-profit organizations such as religious denominations forbid houses of worship from being used to endorse or campaign for a particular candidate. Many also suggest it is against the tax code for houses of worship to be too active in the debate on specific issues. For example, the Catholic Church and many Evangelical groups in particular have been accused of violating tax codes by being vocally in support of California’s 2008 Proposition 8 or opposed to forcing Catholic employers to include abortion and contraception coverage in their health insurance plans.
Thankfully, our First Lady believes very strongly that religious groups should openly defy that government agency that Maine Governor Paul LePage has recently called “the new Gestapo” and say what they want when they want. If you don’t believe it, let’s take a look at Mrs. Obama’s own words to the African Methodist Episcopal Church Conference:Details