Conservative Religious Groups Targeted By IRS
Evangelists Franklin Graham, left, and Billy Graham, right, stop on North Galvez Street in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. (Religion News Service photo by Ellis Lucia/The Times-Picayune of New Orleans).
IRS discrimination against conservative action groups has mostly shoved the agency’s targeting of religious groups into the background. But the harassment has been just as shameful… and just as indicative of how government can become a feared tool of those who would be dictators.
Not in America, you say? Better give that some more thought!
RNS reports that the Internal Revenue Service, in the limelight this past week after a watchdog panel said it used “inappropriate criteria” when considering applications for tax-exempt status by Tea Party groups, is also under fire from religious organizations.
Here are just some of the faith-related groups that have reported what they consider to be inappropriate or unusual action by the IRS:
Biblical Recorder, the North Carolina Baptist news journal that published a 2012 interview with Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy in which he said he was “guilty as charged” when asked about his support of the “traditional family.” The paper also supported the North Carolina marriage amendment. The IRS completed an audit of the news journal on May 9.
More on the list at Religious groups that claim they were IRS targets | Religion News Service.Billy Graham • Franklin Graham • Tea Party