Overall its a fine line , open to interpretation constitutionally . One side says that they should have their first amendment rights to express their views about a political candidate . The other side says that it violates separation of church and state , to try to influence how a person should vote . Both have valid arguments on the issue . I personally dont think they should attempt to use the pulpit for politics , or if they do , then they wave the benefits of ” neutrality ” ( tax exemptions , etc . ) . Make it their choice , speak your mind if you wish , and take the consequences of doing so , just like the man on the street , or stick to the religious topics of their faith , and retain the benefits of neutrality .