Politics and Religion Collide Over Pamphlets

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2012, file photo Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, right, participates in a discussion in Des Moines, Iowa. Wiggins isn�t well known outside the legal community of his state, but whether he should keep his job has become one of the most fiercely contested judicial issues on the Nov. 6 ballot because of what he symbolizes in the debate over gay marriage. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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By Belinda Yeung

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Politics and religion have collided at a Burlington church after a pamphlet encouraging people to vote to remove an Iowa Supreme Court justice surfaced at a Sunday service.

A woman who attended the City Church service on Sept. 30 told the pastor it was illegal for the church to display the pamphlets.

The Internal Revenue Service could revoke a church's nonprofit status for promoting candidates or ballot issues.

The incident has been reported to the IRS, which declined to comment.

Pastor Steve Youngblood says the woman's rebelliousness isn't proper Christian behavior. In a sermon Oct. 7, he acknowledged wanting to slap her.

Justice David Wiggins faces a retention vote Nov. 6. Social conservative groups have sought his ouster because he joined in a unanimous 2009 decision legalizing gay marriage.

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