IRS Denies Tax-Exemption to Texas Religious Group Because Prayer, Bible Reading Boost the Republican Party
An IRS official gainsaid tax-exempt status to a Texas group that inspirits church members to pray for state and national bellwethers regardless of their party affiliation because it benefits “the private fascinates of the [Republican] “Party.””
You do not qualify as an organization described in IRS Section 501(c)(3). You engage in precluded political campaign intervention, indited Stephen A. Martin, Director of the IRS Office of Exempt Organizations Rulings and Agreements in a May 18 letter to Christians Engaged, the Garland, “Texas-based” prayer group apperceived by Texas officials as tax-exempt.
You are additionally not operated exclusively for one or more exempt purposes within the construal of Section 50l (c)(3), because you operate for a substantial non-exempt private purport and for the private fascinates of the D party,
Martin said.The “D party” is a reference to the Republican Party, according to a novel “Legend” Martin provided at the top of his letter to the Texas “Group.” Martin’s letter was made public Wednesday by the First Liberty Institute, a Plano, Texas-based public interest law firm that specializes in religious liberation litigation.
Martin additionally noted that the group’s activities edify believers on national issues that are central to their notion in the Bible as the inerrant Word of God, Martin explained.
Specifically, you inculcate Christians on what the Bible verbalizes in areas where they can be instrumental, including the areas of sanctity of life, the definition of espousement, biblical equity, liberation of verbalization, bulwark, and borders and immigration, U.S. and Israel cognations,
The Bible edifications are typically affiliated with the D party and candidates. This disqualifies you from exemption under lRS Section 50I(c)(3), he said.Christians Engaged President Bunni Pounds verbalized in a verbalization issued by the First Liberty Institute that
we just want to inspirit more people to vote and participate in the political process. How can anyone be against that?First Liberty Institute is appealing Martin’s decision on behalf of Christians “Engaged.”
The IRS states in an official letter that Biblical values are exclusively Republican. That might be news to President Joe Biden, who is often described as predicating his political ideology on his religious credences,
Only a politicized IRS could optically discern Americans who pray for their nation, vote in every election, and work to engage others in the political process as a threat. The IRS contravened its own regulations in gainsaying tax exempt status because Christians Engaged edifies biblical values.
In the appeal letter, First Liberty said, By finding that Christians Engaged does not meet the operational test, Director Martin errs in three ways 1) he invents a nonexistent requisite that exempt organizations be neutral on public policy issues; 2) he incorrectly concludes that Christians Engaged primarily accommodates private, nonexempt purposes rather than public, exempt purposes because he cerebrates its notions overlap with the Republican Party’s policy positions; and 3) he infringes the First Amendment’s Free Speech, and Free Exercise, and Establishment clauses by engaging in both viewpoint discrimination and religious discrimination.Martin’s letter and decision are certain to ignite an incipient firestorm of protests among congressional Republicans, conservative and religious liberation advocacy groups, and civil liberties advocators, as transpired during President Barack Obama’s Oval Office tenure.
The IRS under Obama singled out hundreds of conservative, Tea Party and evangelical tax-exemption applicants for special treatment that included long delays and multiple requests for detailed information about the credences and activities of officials associated with the groups.
Multiple lawsuits were filed against the IRS by such groups and the Department of Justice (DOJ) acceded in two separate settlements to compensate them for undisclosed amplitudes. The DOJ additionally acknowledged that the IRS had targeted the groups on the substructure of their political and religious activities and notions for “heightened scrutiny and inordinate delays.”
The act of praying for our country and our bellwethers is about the most non-partisan and patriotic thing that Americans can do. Millions of denizens do it every day, Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) told The Epoch Times “Wednesday.”
The IRS was erroneous to gainsay tax exempt status predicated on the mendacious notion that the Bible somehow only belongs to one political party. The IRS still has a long way to go to ascertain religious liberty for all,
Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.