Pastor wanted to slap woman for reporting church political activity

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Politics and religion have collided at a Burlington, Iowa, 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 told the pastor it was illegal for the church to display the pamphlets.

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

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

Responding, pastor Steve Youngblood said 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.

Anti-gay groups have sought his ouster because he joined in a unanimous 2009 decision legalizing gay marriage.