The IRS already embroiled in lawsuits, corruption, and numerous investigations of their tactics against conservative groups and deleted emails are now going after conservative Christian churches, looking to revoke any church tax-exempt status if there is any hint of political talk in any pastoral sermons, WND reported on Sunday.
Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel for the Becket Fund, told Bob Unruh of WND that a recent case brought by the radical atheist group, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), against the IRS raises the prospect of investigations of pastoral speech if pastoral preaching includes anything that goes against the liberal agenda.
The FFRF dropped their lawsuit and claimed victory when the IRS agreed to their demands.
Blomberg told Unruh that the case was brought by the foundation to force the IRS to attend church services and launch investigations but the case also left many questions unanswered.
“That’s part of the problem,” Blomberg told Unruh. “The way the case was closed out… it looks like the FFRF collaborated with the IRS, getting their own case dismissed.”
“Talking about a pro-life cause, the importance of voting pro-life … those can be “code words” that the IRS can use to come after the church,” Blomberg said. “It is intimidating. What it is “is” speech police. That’s what’s going on.”
“It’s a chill on speech. Even if you never lose tax exempt status, never personally face an excise tax, it’s… the specter of being investigated.”
While Christians are being murdered and persecuted all over the world on a daily basis, President Obama and his administration and those on the political left have been on the move to silence conservatives, and conservative Christians ever since he first took office.
Mathew Staver of Liberty Counsel and Liberty Counsel Action joined the discussion and said, “The Obama administration knows that Christians are the greatest threat to his far-left agenda. That’s why his subordinates at the Department of Justice were more than willing to settle a lawsuit with the FFRF by offering the services of the IRS to target ‘rogue political churches’.”
Staver stated that the plan is to “uncover potential illegal political activities or electioneering” by America’s conservative churches in the months leading up to the 2014 mid-term elections.”
“In Barack Obama’s America, the left has taken unprecedented steps to attack religious and individual freedom. Having already admitted to targeting conservative groups, the IRS has doubled-down and says it will now monitor churches,” Staver said.
Unruh stated that Staver and his organization are helping by developing resources for pastors that include “Silence is NOT an Option” and “The Patriot’s Handbook of Political Action for Pastors and Churches.”
A few weeks ago, the Independent Journal Review rebuked the IRS’s move in secretly going after Christian churches, much like the IRS did when it went after conservative organizations by saying that the IRS will monitor 99 churches in search of alleged electioneering activity.
If any church pastor tells his or her congregation to vote using their biblical beliefs, the IRS will flag that as a violation and the church may lose its tax-exempt status. The cost of running a church is done through church member tithing and if the church loses its tax-exempt status, then that would lead to double taxation for the church’s members.
This is not the first time the Obama administration has used the IRS to attack their enemies, namely, conservatives.
In 2013, Unruh reported that the IRS, with the blessings of President Obama, admitted targeting conservative and Christian organizations applying for tax status where conservatives were confronted with invasive questions such as about the content of members’ prayers, their relatives, their statements and even what they may say in the future.