Skip to comments.IRS Targeted Well-Known Christian Ministries
Posted on 05/15/2013 1:04:26 PM PDT by Petrosius
Several well-known religious organizations say they were targeted by the Internal Revenue Service, including the ministry founded by famed evangelist Billy Graham and a 180-year-old Baptist newspaper, Fox News has learned.
Among the ministries targeted are the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Samaritans Purse and the Biblical Recorder the newspaper of the North Carolina Baptist State Convention. The revelations seem to indicate the IRS was targeting more than just Tea Party groups and conservative political organizations.
I am bringing this to your attention because I believe that someone in the Administration was targeting and attempting to intimidate us, wrote Franklin Graham in a letter Tuesday to President Obama. This is morally wrong and unethical indeed some would call it un-American.
Graham is president of the ministry his father founded as well as the international charity known as Samaritans Purse. Both organizations were notified of the IRS audits on the same day not long after running advertisements supporting North Carolinas Marriage amendment.
The ads encouraged voters to cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel. The ads concluded with these words: Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me (Billy Graham) that American will remain one nation under God.
I do not believe that the IRS audit of our two organizations last year is a coincidence or justifiable, Graham wrote in his letter.
The Internal Revenue Service did not return calls seeking comment.
Mark DeMoss, a spokesman for Graham, told Fox News it was the first time the ministry had been audited in its history.
These certainly appear to be politically motivated since the ministry had run some newspaper ads not mentioning any candidates simply urging people to vote for candidates with biblical values, DeMoss said.
The Biblical Recorder, the official news journal for North Carolina Southern Baptists, found itself in the same situation in March audited for the first time since the Baptist newspaper was founded in 1833.
The newspaper garnered national attention last summer after Editor Allan Blume published an interview with Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy. In reference to his support of the traditional family, Cathy said he was guilty as charged.
The Biblical Recorder also published the Billy Graham Evangelistic Associations ads affirming traditional marriage.
And then came the telephone call from the Internal Revenue Service.
It raised some red flags and made me wonder why we were being targeted for an audit when we have been around since 1833 and have never been audited before, Blume told Fox News. Putting it all together made me wonder.
Blume said the timing may have been coincidental but it didnt seem that way.
There seems to be a very anti-Christian bias that has flowed into a lot of government agencies oppression literally against Christian organizations and groups, he said. It makes you wonder whats going on.
Blume said the newspaper was eventually cleared, but the audit consumed time and money.
It was a lot of time and energy that we didnt have, he said. It took some of our staff literally several weeks of doing nothing but that (the audit), he said.
The IRS eventually cleared both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritans Purse, but Graham noted that the audit cost the ministries money.
Unfortunately, while these audits not only wasted taxpayer money, they wasted money contributed by donors for ministry purposes, as we had to spend precious resources servicing the IRS agents in our offices, Graham wrote.
These Christian groups should demand a hearing in front of Issa’s committee. The nation should hear these complaints against the anti-Christian bigots running Obama’s agencies.
Find the Muslim or atheist high up the chain. And then you will know.
Oh wait . . .
"Hell to pay" and "get what we deserve"??
I think he saw something far more sinister than just a socialist friendly president.
Like maybe John Traitor Roberts.
Wonder if the IRS harassed any Muslim groups.....?
yeah, someone else posted the possibility they got to Roberts on the Holder thread today. So I just expanded the idea to check for investigations of all key government officials
Be nice to know who had the balls to threaten Roberts about his two adopted kids.
Obama loves to drone.
OK, so I wasn’t paranoid when I said that the left was trying to destroy Christianity.
Time for massive class action lawsuits.
Along with a massve tax revolt!
Revolt is coming my dear.
Dear God, how I would love to see that piece of refuse marched out of the White House in handcuffs. I know it’ll never happen, but I can dream.
This is only the beginning. Soon we will see homosexual activists picketing Christian churches on Sundays. Worshipers will be subjected to taunts and catcalls. Priests and Ministers of the Word will have their homes marked with spray paint. Within a decade congregants will have to meet in private on Sundays to avoid being singled out as Christians.
The Lord never said it would be easy.
Hassel Billy Graham? God will get ya for that! The wrath of Hell may well fall on Obama and his motley crew. We are just one or two more scandals from an Anti-Obama blacklash. He had to have known something was up—or even ordered it.
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