Paul L. Caron
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 712

IRS Logo 2National Review, The IRS Assures an Atheist Group It Will Monitor Churches:

It was bad enough, as I wrote here last August, that the Internal Revenue Service appeared to reach an agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. What’s worse is that the IRS, directly counter to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requirements, steadfastly has refused to make public key documents pertaining to that decision.

So the IRS, acting with the whole power of government behind it, seems to be saying it can monitor and presumably punish churches for the content of their sermons, but the churches can’t know exactly if, how, and why they are being monitored.

To fight this combined assault on religious liberty and on government transparency, conservative legal stalwarts Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Judicial Watch together filed suit April 9 to force release of the IRS documents. ADF asserts that the IRS already has shared the documents with the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). Once again, the IRS bends over backwards on behalf of leftists while harassing and ignoring the rights, on multiple levels, of conservative groups or faith communities.

And if the IRS continues to flout FOIA, we ought to treat its obstinacy as a major scandal. Then again, the IRS’s connivance with FFRF is itself a scandalous and deliberate trampling of our founding freedom of religious exercise and expression, guaranteed by the First Amendment.

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2015/04/the-irs-scandal-7.html

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Comments

Does this include Black churches? Didn't think so.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Apr 21, 2015 8:55:45 AM

Whaaaat the Obama administration going after Christian churches? I am sooooooo surprised.

Let me guess, the churches that preach in favor of socialism to solve global warming and other Democrat party causes don't get persecuted.

Posted by: wodun | Apr 21, 2015 12:45:15 PM