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IRS Settles with Atheists, Agrees to Crack Down on Churches for ‘Electioneering’
Christian News Network ^ | Heather Clark

Posted on 07/22/2014 2:07:59 PM PDT by Faith Presses On

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reached a settlement with a prominent atheist organization, agreeing to crack down churches and religious groups for infringements of its prohibition against ‘electioneering.’

As previously reported, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, sued the IRS in 2012, asserting that many non-profit religious organizations have been “blatantly and deliberately flaunting … electioneering restrictions,” but the government has not enforced its rules pertaining to the matter.

According to the IRS website, “Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. The prohibition applies to all campaigns including campaigns at the federal, state and local level. Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.”

However, while candidates may not be promoted or opposed, churches and ministries that obtain 501 (c)(3) status may speak out on political and moral issues and/or generally encourage others to vote.

(Excerpt) Read more at christiannews.net ...


TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: irs; politicking
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1 posted on 07/22/2014 2:07:59 PM PDT by Faith Presses On
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To: Faith Presses On

Will they send it spies? I’m intrigued.


2 posted on 07/22/2014 2:09:08 PM PDT by fwdude (The last time the GOP ran an "extremist," Reagan won 44 states.)
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To: Faith Presses On

This IRS will do more for a flat tax than any media campaign.


3 posted on 07/22/2014 2:10:56 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Faith Presses On

No doubt an agreement was made between Obama’s Justice Department and the atheists only after prolonged and difficult negotiations.


4 posted on 07/22/2014 2:11:23 PM PDT by allendale
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To: Faith Presses On
So those Black Baptist Churches can't tell their parishioners to Vote Democrat anymore?
The IRS is going Racist, or this is for White Preachers who don't give Homos their ceremony.
Oh wait, that is Racist also.
5 posted on 07/22/2014 2:12:21 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Faith Presses On

Isn’t that special ... Church lady style.


6 posted on 07/22/2014 2:12:33 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Faith Presses On
I'm sure Holder's Justice Dept will look the other way for any open campaigning in Black churches
7 posted on 07/22/2014 2:13:27 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Faith Presses On

Note the clever use of a “ settlement” with a party that is not the subject of the newly- announced spying or penalties or enforcement actions The real parties in interest were not signatories to this settlement. A misuse of legal process


8 posted on 07/22/2014 2:14:26 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: Faith Presses On
But left-wing non-profits are free to do as much "electioneering" as they want?

9 posted on 07/22/2014 2:14:53 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Faith Presses On

And here comes selective enforcement. No chance of this affecting Rev. Jackson, Rev. Sharpton and Rev. Jeremiah Wright.


10 posted on 07/22/2014 2:15:32 PM PDT by BinaryBoy ("Immigration Reform" is ballot stuffing)
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To: allendale
No doubt an agreement was made between Obama’s Justice Department and the atheists only after prolonged and difficult negotiations.

TRANSLATION: DOJ had to find someone had to be found to take dictation.

11 posted on 07/22/2014 2:15:32 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: Faith Presses On

The rule prohibiting churches from advocating for any candidate is unconstitutional.


12 posted on 07/22/2014 2:16:05 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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Maybe God will intervene and strike lightning upon all IRS buildings and turn the employees into dust.

Kinda like Sodom and Gomorrah.


13 posted on 07/22/2014 2:17:33 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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“blatantly and deliberately flaunting … electioneering restrictions”

Uh, I b’lieve that would be “flouting” (openly disregarding), rather than “flaunting” (openly displaying”. Journalism...


14 posted on 07/22/2014 2:18:21 PM PDT by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: taxcontrol

“This IRS will do more for a flat tax than any media campaign.”

Congressmen make their “donations” by manipulating the tax code for interested parties. That’s why it is in hundreds of volumes and makes no sense whatsoever. Congress will never give up the power associated with having the IRS the way it is now. The rest of us will just have to suffer.


15 posted on 07/22/2014 2:21:50 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Faith Presses On

My advice to churches is to pay the tax and speak freely about the injustice of taxing speech, abortion, gay marriage, etc.


16 posted on 07/22/2014 2:23:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: P-Marlowe
The rule prohibiting churches from advocating for any candidate is unconstitutional.

You must think the constitution says something like:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

It should be fun watching the IRS go in a shut down churches.

17 posted on 07/22/2014 2:24:30 PM PDT by ALPAPilot
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To: unixfox

From your keyboard to God’s eyes.


18 posted on 07/22/2014 2:25:37 PM PDT by Diamond (He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people,)
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To: Faith Presses On
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. . .

. . . except when the speech is religious or conservatively political, the press is religious or in any way conservatives, or the assembly is religious or conservative, or the petition to the government is religious or conservative, or otherwise offensive to anyone not religious or conservative. — The Enlightened Progressive first of the co-equal (and not assumed by position to be of more importance than any other) Amendments to the Suggestions of Recommended Whims for the Dictator of the United Satrapies of America (and whomever else we can apply them to).

19 posted on 07/22/2014 2:56:57 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: taxcontrol

I was thinking of getting rid of the income tax and going to a national sales tax. Anyway of castrating the IRS.


20 posted on 07/22/2014 3:05:39 PM PDT by Duckdog (If it wasn't for NASCAR my TV would have gone out the window years ago!)
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