Americans want to keep politics out of church. According to a study from Lifeway Research, 79 percent of Americans said that it is “inappropriate for pastors to endorse a candidate in church.”

There is currently a legal ban against 501(c)(3) organizations (like churches) being active in any sort of political campaigns, though, it’s become increasingly unpopular among some evangelical leaders. As Lifeway notes, during the 2008 election, a group of pastors around the country observed “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” which encouraged pastors to sign up “to preach an election sermon.” Evidently, their congregants aren’t as excited about the proposition (in 2008, 86 percent of American said it was inappropriate).

In a statement, executive director of LifeWay Research Scott McConnell explained, “Americans already argue about politics enough outside the church. They don’t want pastors bringing those arguments into worship.” Discuss

If you're sick and tired of this broken two-party system, singer-songwriter Andrew W.K. is asking for your support to establish a new political party. Not one established on the dogma and rhetoric of the Republican or Democratic party, but one that transcends both: The Party Party. It's time to restore our faith in the political process and bring people together. And what brings people together better than partying hard? That's right, nothing. And for those of you who chock this up to April foolery, you're the only April fool around here, because Andrew W.K. is claiming that this is absolutely real:

At best, bi-partisan politics has created an insurmountable divide that has separated the people into two categories of Democrat and Republican. The Party Party aims to provide an alternative to the divisive labeling of our current system. Most people have become too caught up in the bickering of our news cycles to realize that we ultimately desire the exact same things: reliable access to education, healthcare, and a sense of social equality. If enough people are willing to liberate themselves from choosing left or right, a third voice can emerge with a much more powerful message. A message that will open the eyes of our representatives and help them see that this “Us versus Them” mentality has kept our country from providing its people with a REAL sense of freedom. If we open our hearts and approach the problems we face with an open mind, real change can be achieved. We hope you will join us on this journey.

These are real-world solutions for real-world issues. Discuss

In a tweet that sounded more like it came from a mobster than a U.S. presidential candidate, Donald Trump threatened to “spill the beans” on Ted Cruz's wife.

After quickly deleting the tweet, Trump reposted a revised version Tuesday night. Lyin’ Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin’ Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!” the GOP frontrunner wrote, revealing that he removed the tweet not because he thought better of it, but because he wanted to add "Lyin' Ted Cruz." Trump was seemingly referring to the Facebook ads by anti-Trump super PAC targeting Melania Trump's nude appearance in a GQ spread from years ago. Senator Cruz quickly responded: “Pic of your wife not from us. Donald, if you try to attack Heidi, you’re more of a coward than I thought. #classless”


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