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James Dobson Says Family Talk Action Also Targeted by IRS
Christian Post Politics ^
| May 16, 2013
| Tyler O'Neil
Posted on 05/16/2013 6:07:06 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
New allegations claim the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) not only delayed the applications of new conservative groups, but also targeted a Christian group, Family Talk Action, and a well-established group, the Leadership Institute.
In September 2011, well-known family advocate Dr. James Dobson's newest Christian ministry, Family Talk Action Corporation, filed a Form 1024 with the IRS requesting 501(c)(4) status. The attorney in charge had 26 years experience of filing these forms.
"The Family Talk application was every bit as compliant as the ones he'd filled out in the past," said Alex McFarland, the group's Director of Apologetics. McFarland told The Christian Post that, after waiting a year, "the attorney called in December 2012, then several times in January and February" of this year.
The attorney could not leave a message on the full voicemail until March 6, 2013. On March 19, the reviewing agent, R. Medley, finally returned his call. Medley informed him that the form would likely be denied due to its political views.
Family Talk Action, she explained, is "not educational," because it does not present all views. She also called it a "partisan right-wing group," insisting "you're political" because Dr. Dobson "criticized President Obama, who was a candidate."
"This is profiling of people based on their political views and conservative stances," McFarland said.....
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TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: christians; internalrevenue; irs; obama; tyranny
No criticizing our black messiah if you want a break from the monolithic federal government. Got it?
Dobson has done so much good. I was a counselor at a crisis pregnancy center and Focus on the Family provided everything counselors needed to be trained, plus.
Obama and his crew better repent, because God has a lot of say to those who harm His people.
posted on 05/16/2013 6:13:02 PM PDT
by Linda Frances
(Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness)
This is one of the qualifying categories where IRS unaccountably differs from the standards once shared by the Post Office Department, IRS and every state taxing authority in the country.
LBJ"s thing was to hit churches ~ not 'educational' institutions.
IRS has over the years sought to force USPS to modify its review standards to match theirs ~ but they never really have any good reasons for that other than petty consistency.
This particular scandal may finally force Congress off the dime to FIX the problem by trimming IRS
posted on 05/16/2013 6:14:02 PM PDT
posted on 05/16/2013 6:16:51 PM PDT
("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
Dear CV Friend,
The recent revelations concerning the illegal actions by the IRS targeting conservative groups compel me to speak out.
In July 2009, the Chicago IRS office threatened the CatholicVote.org Education Fund.
The CV Education Fund is our 501(c)3 tax-exempt entity, created to educate, inspire and mobilize Catholic voters. As you may know, 501(c)3 charities, unlike our sister org (CatholicVote.org, a 501c4 organization) are not permitted to intervene in any political campaign or to oppose or support any political candidate.
We never did.
But according to the IRS, an unnamed source provided them information, including an email that we distributed prior to the 2008 election, which prompted their examination.
The email in question was titled Barack Obama on the Issues of Importance to Catholics and it specifically disclaimed any endorsement or approval of any political candidate.
In fact, our email did not even offer our position! Instead, we used actual Obama press releases and news stories to provide voters information on his positions on the issues of abortion, stem cell research, contraceptives, and gay marriage.
We urged voters to gather the facts, and ended our email with this line: Lets have an informed electorate on Tuesday.
For this, we received a lengthy letter with over 50 questions asking for everything from how many people are on our email list, bank account names, and our checking account numbers.
Yes, even our checking account numbers!
To properly respond to the IRS, we were forced to divert staff time and precious resources to pay for legal counsel. Over a period of weeks, we provided the IRS everything they asked for.
But we didnt stop there.
As a part of our response, we cited the IRS code, which explicitly states that charities like ours are permitted to reach the public with a pure issue message. Nothing in the law prohibits organizations like ours from informing voters about the positions taken by candidates for public office. Our 501(c)3 entity has never endorsed, supported or expressly advocated the election or defeat of ANY political candidate.
We argued that the IRS code is vague and standardless, and that no objective standard exists to regulate what might or might not constitute political intervention thus opening the door to abuse. We told the IRS that groups like ours should not be subjected to arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement.
If they chose to fine us, we were prepared to sue.
The IRS ultimately chose to do nothing they backed down.
Why is this important? Because the IRS scandal brewing in Washington D.C. suggests that their examination of the CatholicVote.org Education Fund could have been politically motivated.
Were we targeted for our political views? Who and what prompted the IRS to investigate us?
Did their investigation have anything to do with our Imagine the Potential viral video celebrating the gift of life, including the choice for life made by Barack Obamas mother that was watched by millions of people? This video was released 5 months before we were investigated and received national attention including coverage on the front page of the Washington Post website.
Was the IRS investigation intended to intimidate us, or have a chilling effect on our future plans?
We may never know. But we are going to do our best to find out. Reluctantly, we have decided to retain counsel to evaluate the IRS conduct and determine whether we can take action to fight back against this abuse of power. We want to know who induced the IRS to come after us, or whether that was a pretext, and whether the IRS or any government agency was attempting to thwart our lawful issue advocacy.
This is America. Something must be done to fight back. What we are witnessing in Washington is disgusting and shameful. We are better than this. Those responsible should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Thankfully we have thick skin, and some top-notch attorneys.
But at least now you know.
And you deserve to know that we will always defend our right to speak the truth, and to provide you and every Catholic in America the resources they need to vote with an informed conscience.
Thank you, as always, for your ongoing support and prayers.
Brian Burch, Director
CatholicVote.org Education Fund
posted on 05/16/2013 6:19:55 PM PDT
("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
At this rate, the list of conservative groups who HAVEN’T been targeted by the IRS will soon comprise a shorter list than those who HAVE been targeted.
posted on 05/16/2013 6:30:16 PM PDT
Were any Muslim groups targeted?
posted on 05/16/2013 6:33:11 PM PDT
(The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
he’s no messiah - he is evil. Why people even kidding say that I have no idea. They repeat what evil wants them to repeat.
And Billy Graham Ministries have, also, been targeted. There is a thread here on it.
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posted on 05/16/2013 8:11:40 PM PDT
(I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
posted on 05/17/2013 2:28:21 AM PDT
by Bon mots
So far, I haven’t read or heard of any Muslim groups being targeted, but it’s still early in the process. The floodgates are just opening.
posted on 05/17/2013 4:49:44 AM PDT
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