IRS denies tax exempt status to Christian group; Biblical views too much like GOP’s

IRS denies tax exempt status to Christian group; Biblical views too much like GOP’s

[Ed. – There are other self-identified Christian political-action groups whose views largely overlap the Democrats’.  But they aren’t denied tax-exempt status.  BPR notes that some members of the Christian group are GOP activists — but that also never prevents left-wing 501(c)(3)s from getting tax-exempt status. Dozens (probably hundreds) of them are revolving-door homes for progressive-Democrat activists.]

In a letter written by Stephen Martin, the government official in charge of exempt organizations claimed that Christians Engaged … is “serving the private interests of the Republican Party more than incidentally” and that the way the ministry presents biblical material is “typically affiliated with the Republican Party and candidates.”

The IRS beef with Christians Engaged apparently centers on its biblically-based education in the context of “the sanctity of life, the definition of marriage, biblical justice, freedom of speech, defense, and borders and immigration, US. and Israel relations.” The agency implies that these are GOP-centric issues.

The agency official questioned the even-handedness of the Christian organization …

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[P]art of a 13-page response [from] First Liberty …

“By finding that Christians Engaged does not meet the operational test, Director Martin errs in three ways: 1) he invents a nonexistent requirement that exempt organizations be neutral on public policy issues …”

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