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IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists
To Monitor Churches

Investors Business Daily, by Editorial

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Posted By:anselm33, 7/31/2014 9:05:30 PM

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.
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I can´t believe it--where has freedom of speech and religion gone!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: woodenleg, 7/31/2014 9:13:53 PM     (No. 9948610)

The churches are an enormous challenge to the liberal/left and their quest for power. Take away their tax exempt status and most will close up. Hold religious services in your home get punished for breaking a zoning law.
Watch for this to pushed by the radical left.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: plex, 7/31/2014 9:14:54 PM     (No. 9948614)

So the right to life and marriage are political issues???? Since when. Once the government steamroller gets moving, you can´t seem to stop it. Marriage is a church function. Abortion is not about politicians. Sheesh. The Republic does seem to be doomed. I only hope it lasts long enough for my retirement. Selfish? sure but I am doing what I can politically and it doesn´t seem to work.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: richwill, 7/31/2014 9:18:02 PM     (No. 9948617)

I am really ignorant; I never realized that a marriage of a man and a woman was a political issue. I suppose churches will have to quit performing marriages.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Pros7767, 7/31/2014 9:18:16 PM     (No. 9948618)

Black churches are notorious for promoting politics from the altar.

Any bet they are not on the target list.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bmoc, 7/31/2014 9:20:13 PM     (No. 9948623)

Here is what we do. Every time you see one of those atheist billboards, sue to have them taken down because they offend you. Let them see how it works.

It is sad that if you even mention "God" on a forum or heaven forbid, Facebook, you have 40 idiots yammering on about shoving religion down their throats, complaining that they don´t want to pay taxes to support churches, and about "Separation of Church and State. I ask them to show me a tax bill that shows they paid a ´church tax.´ I ask them to show me where in the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, or the Constitution it even mentions separation of Church and State. Of course they can´t but it doesn´t stop them from running the mouth.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: eiobx, 7/31/2014 9:28:53 PM     (No. 9948635)

They think your compassion is weakness..just keep your powder dry.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 7/31/2014 9:31:12 PM     (No. 9948640)

I´ll bet they don´t monitor black churches, yet that is where 99% of politicking from the pulpit is done. I don´t need to do any political preaching. My people already know who to vote for based on their mutual beliefs.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: saguni, 7/31/2014 9:33:14 PM     (No. 9948645)

Aside from the fact that most "promoting political issues is candidates giving campaign speeches in Southern Black churches, which no one in his right mind would touch with a ten feet pole, this is the second article that appears to get its information directly from Freedom From Religion Foundation.

I think we should get the information from the IRS, and the best way to do that is through a Freedom of Information Act request to the IRS for all documents and communications between FFRF and the IRS pursuant to any "agreement"(as publicly announced by FFRF) and the legal justification for said agreement, in light of the First Amendment.

Each of us could request that each member of our church could send a separate request, inundating the IRS with requests.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: eoddad, 7/31/2014 9:33:59 PM     (No. 9948646)

Time to oil guns for some people.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: hamrman, 7/31/2014 9:36:31 PM     (No. 9948651)

Say what...

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Reply 11 - Posted by: stablemoney, 7/31/2014 9:46:51 PM     (No. 9948659)

Since this affects churches, you would have thought the IRS would have met with churches, but not so, they met with and made an agreement with those that oppose religion, and churches were not invited to the meeting.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Northcross, 7/31/2014 10:12:51 PM     (No. 9948684)

Virtually every political issue is at its core a moral issue, and therefore churches have every right to express their opinions. To not agree with that premise is absurd, but liberals do not care if they can advance their godless agenda. Slavery was an obvious political issue. It ended because Christians in large numbers spoke out about the evils of slavery from the pulpit.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: mc squared, 7/31/2014 10:22:13 PM     (No. 9948694)

A must read.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: columba, 7/31/2014 10:34:38 PM     (No. 9948711)

Most Liberals really believe that churches are founded for political manipulation. If that is their delusion, then EVERYTHING that a preacher says is construed to be about political issues.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: kate318, 7/31/2014 11:02:07 PM     (No. 9948729)

Bet they won´t be monitoring my very liberal Jesuit parish, either. The majority of the priests were literally salivating over Barak Obama in their sermons, without ever mentioning his name. But, when they start with the "Jesus was a community organizer" and "The Romans were like Homeland Security" crap, you know where they´re coming from.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/31/2014 11:12:45 PM     (No. 9948736)

As I´ve said previously on this topic:

1. It´s always good to get an atheist into church! We might get some converts. We know the Holy Spirit can work wonders. The priests in my parish are into fairly heavy duty catechesis in homilies ...

2. I´ll be sure to add "conversion of atheist monitors" to my personal intentions - just in case there are any in attendance.

3. I hope they are generous when the collection plate is passed.

4. As G. K. Chesterton said: If there were no God, there would be no atheists.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 8/1/2014 12:11:42 AM     (No. 9948785)

"Speak now or forever hold your peace" has a lot of meaning. Tomorrow might be too late.

On the other hand:
Lawd have mercy, new recruits finding salvation. Wonder if they can sing.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: StuartL, 8/1/2014 5:33:57 AM     (No. 9948892)

"I suppose churches will have to quit performing marriages" --

Exactly, #3. Only the State will have the authority to perform marriages. Or rear children... run schools... provide medical care... offer jobs... supply food... allocate energy... allow travel... create entertainment.

All hail the State.

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