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The IRSís God Complex: IRS signs secret pact with atheists, promising to investigate 99 churches.
National Review ^ | 08/04/2014 | Quin Hillyer

Posted on 08/04/2014 7:01:11 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Is the Internal Revenue Service a threat to religious liberty?

As the IRS continues to come under well-aimed fire for harassing conservative groups, on Friday it secured a final court order formalizing what amounts to a secret agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. The serious danger, as former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams told Fox News, is that the IRS will start treating “theology as politics,” and regulate it accordingly.

Lovers of liberty should be very concerned.

According to a June 27 IRS letter to the Justice Department, 99 churches merit “high priority examination” for allegedly illegal electioneering activities. The letter was sent in reference to a now-dismissed lawsuit filed by the atheist group known as the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). The suit originally was a rather broad one, demanding not only that the IRS enforce prohibitions against churches’ endorsing candidates specifically, but also that churches should be “required to file” what it described as “detailed annual information” that would force them (if they are like other nonprofits) to “expend substantial time and resources.”

With the end of the suit, those filings presumably will not be required (though a second suit, on just that subject, remains open). But IRS’s monitoring of alleged electioneering activities could still be quite onerous.

Traditionally, churches have been free to do just about anything short of outright candidate endorsements. Conservatives have suggested that not even that prohibition is enforced against traditionally liberal churches in black communities and that FFRF isn’t much concerned with such groups. But at least for conservative-leaning churches, FFRF has a much more restrictive agenda in mind.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atheism; atheist; atheists; christianpersecution; church; irs; irsscandals; jchristianadams; theologyaspolitics

1 posted on 08/04/2014 7:01:11 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll bet that none of them are black churches where politicians regularly campaign from the pulpit.


2 posted on 08/04/2014 7:07:26 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If one could get a list of the 99 churches, I’d bet that at least 98 of them are preaching a very pure version of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


3 posted on 08/04/2014 7:07:26 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll bet the Rev Jim Wright’s church (americas chickens are coming home to roost)
is not on that list.
The IRS needs to be disassembled, its a dangerious political organization now.


4 posted on 08/04/2014 7:07:31 AM PDT by reefdiver (Be the Best you can be Whatever you Dream to be)
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To: SeekAndFind
As our pastor says, “You can bet if God leads me to discuss politics from pulpit, Not the IRS nor Obama nor anybody else will stop me from doing it. I answer to a higher power that can take away far more than my freedom or material possession.” “If the IRS takes our church building, we'll worship God in the parking lot, if they take away the parking lot, we'll worship God in a field.”
5 posted on 08/04/2014 7:07:49 AM PDT by apillar
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To: SeekAndFind

Treat FFRF as the tax shelter scam it has always been.


6 posted on 08/04/2014 7:10:44 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SeekAndFind

No problem, we will just call the ACLU. *cough*


7 posted on 08/04/2014 7:17:27 AM PDT by bergmeid
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To: SeekAndFind

More sue and settle.


8 posted on 08/04/2014 7:20:38 AM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: Blood of Tyrants
I’ll bet that none of them are black churches where politicians regularly campaign FOR DEMOCRATS from the pulpit.
9 posted on 08/04/2014 7:21:35 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: apillar

Or in a FEMA camp.


10 posted on 08/04/2014 7:25:04 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: apillar

Or in a FEMA camp.


11 posted on 08/04/2014 7:25:04 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Gee,...I guess we don’t need to pay the IRS anymore since all of our paper reserve notes and minted coins have “In GOD” We Trust” printed/minted on them.


12 posted on 08/04/2014 7:27:45 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: bigbob

EXACTLY!!


13 posted on 08/04/2014 7:28:29 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (waiting for my Magic 8 ball to give me an answer)
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To: SeekAndFind

Atheists are a threat to our liberty.


14 posted on 08/04/2014 7:41:33 AM PDT by Ethan Clive Osgoode (<<== Click here to learn about Evolution!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow just think of all the Black churches that preach democrat liberalism from the pulpit. And they are going to get it from the IRS. sarc


15 posted on 08/04/2014 7:43:30 AM PDT by Hattie
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Seattle (mostly black congregation) has been known to be proudly and actively political (Democrat, of course) for years. It will NOT be investigated, I guarantee. But any church delivering an anti-gay marriage or anti-abortion or anti-Obama sermon will be vulnerable.


16 posted on 08/04/2014 7:53:00 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: SeekAndFind

The churches might be using freedom of speech!

It sounds like the IRS wants to end that


17 posted on 08/04/2014 7:56:18 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: PATRIOT1876
I think the IRS just wants well-defined freedom of speech areas.

Such as this:


18 posted on 08/04/2014 8:24:59 AM PDT by ForYourChildren (Christian Education [ RomanRoadsMedia.com - a Classical Christian Approach to Homeschool])
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To: SeekAndFind

They will never go after churches that openly support 0bama. Their free pass will never end.

They will go after any church that speaks out about certain privileged minorities, and abortion.

This was predictable. The moment 0 was elected, any reasonable person could have foreseen this. He is a Jew/Christian hating atheist, with a special love for a middle eastern cult. He hates free enterprise and wants to take money from earners and give it to slackers.


19 posted on 08/04/2014 8:46:21 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The IRS went after Jews and Christians... anyone know if they went after Muslims? I suspect they didn’t...


20 posted on 08/04/2014 9:09:21 AM PDT by GOPJ (There is no safety in denial.)
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Nothing else."

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21 posted on 08/04/2014 9:09:58 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: apillar

Tragically, your Pastor is a rarity in today’s world.

TREASURE HIM!


22 posted on 08/04/2014 9:35:00 AM PDT by bimboeruption (REMEMBER MISSISSIPPI!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Well, there's "what the market will bear" and there's "what the people will bear".

At some point, the price of a given good or commodity slows or halts sales. Obviously, though, no matter how expensive or intrusive our "Constitutionally Limited Republican" form of government gets, the people will bear it and are doing so.

23 posted on 08/04/2014 9:39:52 AM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Rashputin

RE: , the people will bear it and are doing so.

I think there’s one simple explanation... IT DOES NOT HAVE A DIRECT BEARING ON MOST PEOPLE’s LIVES, at least not now.

It’s “only” 99 churches the IRS is persecuting. Therefore, it does not concern them.

Remember the provocative poem attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group?

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”


24 posted on 08/04/2014 9:44:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

nk it was the E.P.A. that was getting sued over different policies they couldn’t do on their own by “friendly environmental groups. Once it any to court they’d surrender without a real fight and create the policy they couldn’t get any way on their own plus have the defense they lost in court. I suspect this is a similar case as part of peeping the battlefield for 2016


25 posted on 08/04/2014 10:50:53 PM PDT by airedale
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