Monday, September 18, 2006
Following up Sunday's detailed post on the summons issued by the IRS in connection with its threatened revocation of the tax exemption of All Saints Episcopal Church (Pasadena, CA) because of an anti-war sermon delivered the Sunday before the 2004 Presidential election: Pastor Ed Bacon gave a fiery sermon on Sunday, Neighbor Love is Never Neutral, in response to the IRS summons.
The front page of today's L.A. Times has a detailed account of the sermon: Pasadena Church May Fight IRS Summons, by Scott Golver & Louis Sahagun:
A liberal Pasadena church facing an IRS investigation over alleged politicking sounded a defiant note Sunday, with its leaders and many congregants saying the probe amounted to an assault on their constitutional rights and that they were inclined to defy the agency's request for documents. "These people are offended," said the Rev. Ed Bacon, rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, after delivering an impassioned sermon about the investigation to a standing-room-only crowd of about 900. "Freedom of speech and freedom of religion have been assaulted by this act of the IRS, and I think my people want to be heard in court."
(Hat Tip: Ellen Aprill.)