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Friday, September 22, 2006

All Saints Church Refuses to Comply with Summons in IRS Inquiry Into Anti-War Sermon

Irsupdate_2All Saints Episcopal Church (Pasadena, CA) has annpunced that it will refuse to comply with the IRS's investigation into the possible revocation of its tax exemption because of an anti-war sermon delivered the Sunday before the 2004 Presidential election.  From the All Saints Press Release:

The Vestry of All Saints Church in Pasadena, California, voted unanimously this morning to challenge legally, and in a court of law, the right of the Internal Revenue Service to proceed with either of the two summonses served on the church by the IRS last Friday. The 26-member governing board of All Saints reached its conclusion after much prayer and consultation with its congregation, clergy, and legal counsel. Following the Vestry’s decision, All Saints’ legal counsel, Marc Owens, informed the IRS of the Vestry’s decision in these words, “We believe the only way to challenge the IRS’s actions in this case is through a summons enforcement proceeding in court, and therefore the Church respectfully declines to respond to the summonses. Rev. Bacon will not appear to testify on October 11.”

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Comments

Please email me the All Saints Church
email address: I have an "Affidavit" that
may help them in their fight.
Jim Cast of Oklahoma

Posted by: Jim Cast | Sep 23, 2006 7:41:17 PM