IRS Strikes Deal with Atheists to Monitor Churches and Sermons

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IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches
Investors Business Daily, 7/31/14
First Amendment: Government’s assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage.
A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches’ violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit.
The FFRF has temporarily withdrawn its suit in return for the IRS’s agreement to monitor sermons and homilies for proscribed speech that the foundation believes includes things like condemnation of gay marriage and criticism of ObamaCare for its contraceptive mandate.
The irony of this agreement is that it’s being enforced by the same Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division of the IRS that was once headed by Lois “Fifth Amendment” Lerner and that openly targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups.
Among the questions that the IRS asked of those targeted groups was the content of their prayers.
Those who objected to the monitoring of what is said and done in mosques for signs of terrorist activity have no problem with this one, though monitoring what’s said in houses of worship is a clear violation of the First Amendment. Can you say “chilling effect”?
Congress can make no laws prohibiting the free exercise of religion. So it’s not clear where the IRS gets off doing just that by spying on religious leaders lest they comment on issues and activities by government that are contrary to or impose on their religious consciences. Our country was founded by people fleeing this kind of government-monitored and mandated theology last practiced in the Soviet Union.
The FFRF cites as its authority the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which states that tax-exempt groups cannot endorse candidates. A 2009 court ruling determined that the IRS must staff someone to monitor church politicking.
The FFRF claims that the IRS has not adhered to the ruling and that the settlement amounts to enforcing both the Johnson Amendment and the court ruling.
But is the Catholic Church “politicking” when it proclaims its “Fortnight for Freedom” dedicated to opposing ObamaCare’s contraceptive mandate and the government’s forcing schools and charities it considers an extension of its faith to include it in insurance coverage or face crippling fines?
Are Protestant and evangelical churches “politicking” when they participate in “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” this year on Oct. 5 to encourage congregations to “vote their faith,” which they consider to be an exercise of free speech and freedom of religion?
The FFRF says that such events at “rogue churches” have “become an annual occasion for churches to violate the law with impunity.” But doesn’t the Constitution say that Congress can make no such laws?
Rather than “rogue churches,” it’s the rogue IRS that needs to be stopped.

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0 responses to “IRS Strikes Deal with Atheists to Monitor Churches and Sermons

  1. My question is who is going to be going to all the churches through out the US to check up on the sermons. I say……thats one way to get an atheist to church…….maybe they will learn something, and another way to fill up those pews…..

     
  2. Amazing how the government always caves in favor of the demented few. What the hell are atheists doing in church anyhow????

     
  3. [caption id="attachment_105600" align="aligncenter" width="159"]No Really. I need to smash an atheist. No Really. I need to smash an atheist.[/caption]

     
  4. I don’t think it is the atheists that will be doing the monitoring, I think its agents of the IRS. Like we all want one of them sitting in the pew beside us. Although, who knows–perhaps they might be some conversions.

     
  5. Hey, it’s not violation of Free Speech and Freedom of Religion if left/liberal progressives do it… oh, wait, that’s “Congress shall make no law,” not the IRS making some autocratic “ruling”– fascism must be ok or something then. 😉

     
  6. Once again solidly proving the IRS, like the atheists that are complaining, both serve the devil, ignorance of their master doesn’t constitute not being in his service.
    How about, since atheism is a religion, with ahierarchy and holy texts and all that, they submit to some auditing too… after all they have so many science teachers out there preaching their gospel of “evolution”… perhaps their “politicking” should also be subject to monitoring, especially given their religion’s propensity for explosive violence, and genocide (see polpot, stalin, bolsheviks, mao et al.).
    Of course, the IRS should also be audited, as they do nothing of benefit to anyone except their masters, they contribute nothing to society but terror which they purposefully induce for payment, thereby making them fit the outline of “terrorists” quite solidly, and making them only a government-approved version of the mafia.
    Not to mention that the U.S. Govt. itself has become a fat lazy oaf, looking to skirt doing anything beneficial if it can be helped, how about it gets off it’s collective backside and make/produce something of worth? or are governments not subject to the rule they so often like to impose on the citizenry, “work and pay ’till the day you die”?
    And they wonder why people don’t like them… maybe if they did some work for actual good and actual benevolence, and quit working for the devil, they might get some accolades. (IRS/atheists/govstapo)

     
  7. Un – freakin’ – believable !
    Are we living in the Soviet Union? Are we living in the People’s Republic of China? I can just see it now — the day will soon come when Christians will be driven underground.
    To all the clergy: Isn’t it time you come out from under your tax-shelter cover and SPEAK BOLDLY? Is tax-exemption worth selling out your soul?

     
  8. AMEN Dr, Eowyn!! Exactly right on the money!! Can you imagine Saints Padre Pio or John Vianney staying silent on this for money? Never happen.

     
  9. Reblogged this on Centinel2012 and commented:
    The 1st Amendment is long gone!

     
  10. Thank you Mike for this interesting post. Thank God the Catholic Church filed so many lawsuits regarding the Mandate in question, with the hopes of preserving religious liberty. I wonder how the IRS handles that challenge?

     
  11. ISIS will also deal with the atheists who will be praying before they are beheaded. It used to be that there were no atheists in foxholes.

     
  12. Just what will the ” rev” Wright’s sermons sound like now?

     
  13. Are there any MEN in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that will stand against this? With the modern Catholic Church, I have my doubts! I know traditional Catholic priests that will.

     

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