Pastor Steve Youngblood, of the City Church in Burlington, Iowa, said he wanted to “slap” an unidentified woman during his Oct. 7 sermon after she raised objections to political fliers that were being distributed at the church (video below).
The fliers called for the removal of Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, one of the four justices who overturned a law banning same sex marriage in Iowa, reports the Associated Press.
The woman contacted the group 'Vote Yes To Retain Iowa Supreme Court Justices,' which later filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service, reports RawStory.com.
Under a 1954 federal law, it is illegal for tax-exempt organizations, including churches, to promote political candidates or ballot issues.
In his Oct. 7 Sermon, Pastor Youngblood said he would “like to slap her” and that her husband should “correct her.”
Pastor Youngblood also said: "Don’t call yourself a Christian and do that. We need to draw a line in the sand. We need to begin to say that at City Church this is how we’re going to be.”
"What makes me madder is that this person’s husband won’t correct them. I don’t like rebellious women. I don’t like rebellious men, either. They’re even worse."
The Alliance Defending Freedom has offered to provide Rev. Youngblood with legal representation if the IRS decides to take action.