In very early January 2012, a quantity of clergy launched their mail to locate a “Legal Notice” from the Texas law practice and delivered on MECOвЂ™s behalf. “This has arrive at our attention which you, your church, or users of your church could be gathering signatures or else promising to just just take instructions through the proponentsвЂ™ governmental operatives, whom tell churchgoers that their plan that is political is вЂCovenant for Faith and Families,вЂ™” said the page.
” for an effort petition,” it stated in bold kind. Another phrase warned that churches could lose their status that is tax-exempt by into politics. The letter determined by saying MECO will be viewing for violations and would report” any”promptly.
Immediately after the Rev. Wallace Hartsfield of Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City received the page, legal counsel called. Had he received the page? Hartsfield remembers being asked. He responded, “should you feel like weвЂ™re doing one thing unlawful, you will need to make an effort to sue, fine?” he recalls.