(Washington Times) Pastor Ron Walker knew he was breaking the law when he took his place behind the pulpit of The Little White Church in Hill City, S.D., to preach a sermon critical of President Obama.

“I think it’s a risk well worth taking,” said the pastor of the nondenominational church of about 150 members. “We would be delighted to be sued and have the opportunity to defend ourselves; in front of the Supreme Court, if necessary.”

Mr. Walker was one of more than 1,600 pastors — up from just 33 five years ago — who gambled their tax-exempt status to preach politics on Pulpit Freedom Sunday earlier this month, challenging the 1954 tax law that prohibits all nonprofits from politicking. For many of the protesting pastors, the law is an infringement on their Constitutional rights, and challenging the rule is a fight they welcome. Many of the participating pastors mailed recordings of their sermons to the IRS.

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