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Doing Damage: Committee Says IRS Failure To Update Church Audit Procedures Is Harming The Agency

A private-sector committee that advises the Internal Revenue Service branch that oversees tax-exempt organizations says the IRS is “compromising its relevancy” by failing to revise the procedures that govern audits of churches.

In a lengthy report covering many areas of tax exemption, the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) said last week that the IRS’s leadership has dropped the ball when it comes to policing houses of worship that violate federal law.

The Persistence Of Pulpit Politicking

During a sermon in May 2008, the Rev. Gus Booth made absolutely sure his congregation knew precisely which presidential candidates he did not want them to back.

“If you are a Christian, you cannot support Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.…Both Hillary and Barack favor the shedding of innocent blood (abortion) and the legalization of the abomination of homosexual marriage,” Booth, senior pastor of Warroad Community Church in Minnesota, said at the time.

Trump Says IRS Out To Get Him For ‘Strong Christian’ Beliefs

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said recently that the Internal Revenue Service is targeting him because of his religious beliefs.

All high-profile presidential candidates are expected to release their tax returns at some point during the campaign, but Trump had not yet done so as of early March. He claimed he wasn’t able to because he is a frequent target of audits – although it’s unclear why that would prevent him making his returns public.

Risky Business: Religious Right Attorney Tells Christian Pastors To Defy The IRS

Some far-right Christians have a hard time obeying the law. Among them is Religious Right attorney Matt Barber, who really dislikes the idea of church-state separation and particularly has a bone to pick with the Internal Revenue Code’s prohibition against pulpit politicking by houses of worship.

In a recent column, Barber spouted the tired, old line that “the words ‘separation of church and state’ are found nowhere in the U.S. Constitution….”

Justice Department Appointee Blocked Over Stand Opposing Church-Based Politicking

A top tax attorney who has been appointed to an important position at the U.S. Department of Justice is being blocked, apparently because he has expressed support for a federal law that bans partisan politicking by houses of worship.

A year ago, President Barack Obama nominated Cono Namorato to serve as assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice’s tax division. The 73-year-old is currently a tax lawyer with a private firm in Washington, D.C., but he spent two years earlier in his career as director of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility.

Religious Right’s Prodding Of Churches To Violate Federal Law Pays Off Politically, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Calls On IRS To Enforce ‘No-Politicking’ Rule

Religious Right activists are bragging about their success in the 2014 mid-term elections, but there’s one thing they’re not telling the American people: Increasingly, their strategy relies on convincing houses of worship to violate federal law.
 
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today noted that groups like the Faith & Freedom Coalition, the Alliance Defending Freedom, the American Family Association and others urged houses of worship to distribute “voter guides” in houses of worship prior to the election.

Americans United Asks IRS To Investigate NYC Church That Endorsed Romney In Its Bulletin

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Church of Saint Catherine Of Siena May Have Violated Federal Law With Election Intervention

 

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate a New York City church that endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in its church bulletin.

The Church of Saint Catherine of Siena’s Sept. 2 bulletin contains a column by the Rev. John Farren, a member of the congregation’s pastoral staff. Titled “From Father Farren, O.P.,” the essay reprints an appeal by several former U.S. ambassadors to the Vatican calling on Catholics to vote for Romney.

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