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The IRS And Church Electioneering: Enforce The Law Already!

Is the Internal Revenue Service still enforcing the federal tax law ban on partisan politicking by churches and other non-profits?

IRS officials say they are.

In an interview with NBC News, IRS spokesman Dean Patterson repudiated comments by a regional IRS official who said recently that the agency was "holding any potential church audits in abeyance" while it revises its regulations in light of a 2009 federal court decision. Read more

Bad Actor: Presumptuous Prelate Hopes His Partisan Ploy Plays In Peoria – And Elsewhere

For the past few days, my inbox has been overflowing with emails about Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky.

The Roman Catholic prelate last week wrote a letter that he ordered all priests in his Peoria, Ill., diocese to read during services over the weekend. The missive purports to offer guidance about tomorrow’s election. Read more

Electioneering Error: Religious Right Is Missing The Point On Bishop Jenky’s Campaign Intervention

As usual, Religious Right leaders are confused. This time it seems that a lot of our opponents don’t understand why Americans United reported the Catholic Diocese of Peoria, Ill., to the Internal Revenue Service for illegal church politicking.

Let me explain. Read more

Hitler, Stalin And Obama?: Illinois Bishop Unleashes Shrill Partisan Attack

Is President Barack Obama following in the footsteps of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin?

One man in Illinois thinks so. Must be some militia extremist or a Tea Party wingnut, right?

Nope. It’s Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel R. Jenky. In an April 14 screed at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, Jenky blasted Obama and his policies in truly outrageous fashion. Read more