Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Ok, this is just ridiculous

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- The Internal Revenue Service has warned a prominent liberal church it could lose its tax-exempt status because of an anti-war sermon a guest preacher gave on the eve of the 2004 presidential election, church officials say

Read the whole story (AP, via CNN)

Marcus Owens, the church's tax attorney and a former head of the IRS tax-exempt section, said the agency offered to drop the proceedings if the church admitted wrongdoing. The church declined the offer, he said.


I know nothing about tax-law. But this seems a little sinister. The IRS's motive is to shame the church? If they admit wrong-doing, then they're off the hook? This has lawsuit written all over it.

And why is the IRS targetting a church that espouses politically liberal criticism? They didn't say that people should vote Republican or Democrat. There's enough politically conservative criticism of government, especially from the pro-life movement. I thought that's why we have the First Amendment.

It will be interesting to see if conservative bloggers go nuts on this, as they should.

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