IRS Revokes Christian Nonprofit’s Tax Exemption For Republican Affiliation

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A Texas religious group lost its tax-exempt status when the Internal Revenue Service declared its mission to motivate Christians to get involved in the civil process is in the “interests of the Republican Party.”

Christians Engaged received a letter May informing them that the IRS had disqualified the nonprofit because the “Bible’s teachings are typically affiliated with the Republican Party and candidates.” 

IRS exempt organizations director Stephen Martin cited the organization’s mission statement, which “indicates you exist to awaken, motivate, and empower ordinary believers in Jesus Christ to: Pray for the nation regularly, vote in every election to impact the culture, engage hearts in some form of political education or activism for the future of the nation,” and “strive to educate Christians on the importance of prayer, voting and engagement in a non-partisan manner.”  

According to the IRS, Christians Engaged’s other sins include educating believers about the sanctity of life, the definition of marriage, freedom of speech, religious liberty, fiscal responsibility in government budgeting, and religious liberty, amongst others.  

The letter accuses the Texas group of engaging in “prohibited political campaign intervention” and educating believers on issues “prominent in political campaigns and instruct them in what the Bible says about the issue and how they should vote.” 

In response to their disqualification from tax-exempt status, Christians Engaged’s lawyers filed an appeal and tore apart Martin’s legal argument by summing up three errors.

Attorney Lea Patterson wrote that the director invented a “nonexistent requirement that exempt organizations be neutral on public policy issues,” and “incorrectly concludes” Christians Engaged beliefs “overlap with the Republican Party’s policy positions.” Her third point indicated that Martin violated the First Amendment by “engaging in both viewpoint discrimination and religious discrimination.”

She went on to slam the government agency for violating its own regulations, “Only a politicized IRS could see Americans who pray for their nation, vote in every election, and work to engage others in the political process as a threat.”   

North Carolina Republican Rep Ted Budd commented that “The IRS was wrong to deny tax-exempt status based on the false belief that the Bible somehow only belongs to one political party. The IRS still has a long way to go to ensure religious liberty for all.”“The act of praying for our country and our leaders is about the most nonpartisan and patriotic thing that Americans can do. Millions of citizens do it every day,” he concluded.



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Greta
Greta
1 year ago

Irs and fbi both leftist demorats and corrupt. Time to take back our real country.

Sewnya
Sewnya
1 year ago

Joe Biden “You know those Republicans believe in you know, the thing.”
AND THE DEMOCRAT PARTY HATES GOD

Incredulous1
Incredulous1
1 year ago
Reply to  Sewnya

DemocRATs hate AND FEAR what they can’t control.

Bonnie. Burruss
Bonnie. Burruss
1 year ago

Scumbags. Are. Out. To. Discriminate.
Christians. Which. Is. A. Violation. Of. The
Peoples. Rights. All. This. Is to. Push. This
Country. Into. Socialism which. Is sicking the. Evil. Party. Is. Trying. All. Its. Best. To destroy. Freedom. Of. Religion it. Is. So. Bad. That. This. Country. Is. No. Longer. To
To. Live. In

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
1 year ago

They should never have ask for an exemption in the first place.It’s already covered in the constition. They invited the IRS to control them in doing so. I can’t feel sorry for them. They should have read what thei were signing. What the IRS did was part of the document and the IRS is’t going to tell you that you don’t have to do this.

RICHARD S GIESER
RICHARD S GIESER
1 year ago

The irs people make up a lot of stuff that is not supported by the tax code and the tax courts are just as bad.

Biden is aweful
Biden is aweful
1 year ago

“indicates you exist to awaken, motivate, and empower ordinary believers in Jesus Christ to: Pray for the nation regularly, vote in every election to impact the culture, engage hearts in some form of political education or activism for the future of the nation,” and “strive to educate Christians on the importance of prayer, voting and engagement in a non-partisan manner.”  

In other words DemocRATS are evil and do not have the good of the country in their policies or motivations! To be a DemocRAT is to be ungodly and wicked!

schmed
schmed
1 year ago

THis isn’t very complicated; the group engages in PARTISAN POLITICAL ACTIVIty. Period. iT”s not entitled to tax-exempt status

David Carlisle
David Carlisle
1 year ago

While the Devil [aka Lucifer, Beelzebub, Allah, whatever suits his purposes] has temporary revocable dominance over the Earth God has FINAL AUTHORITY! As the Democratic party and their advocates for DEATH [aka Pro-choice, Pro-abortion] are temporarily in power we suffer their misdirected use of that power. Their persecution of Christians is likely to backfire [the early Roman Empire persecuted Christians and the religion grew by leaps and bounds in spite of their efforts.]

Pgb
Pgb
1 year ago

Have these leftist dimokraps infiltrated every agency and department of the federal government? It certainly appears that they have weaponized virtually all of them. Did the shameful Lois Lerner make her way back to revenuers?

formermarine
1 year ago
Reply to  Pgb

I learned that if You want to take down a Country that the best way was to do it from within . And it is what the leading Dims are doing .First put people in office that should not be there—Socialist and Muslims who should not be in . If We do not start fighting back with force the USA is done and will need to come back from the ashes which will be impossible .

Davidme
Davidme
1 year ago

The Evil O’Biden Regime along with the Deep Dark State Agenda against Our True American Values, Moral, Ethics and Religious Values are Another Attack on Our Rule Of Law and Constitution !!!!
Wake Up America, We Are In Very, Very Serious and Dire Danger “FROM WITHIN” and From China, O’Biden’s Ally !!!

Nobrain Biden
Nobrain Biden
1 year ago

IRS – the Communist assholes

Bonnie. Burruss
Bonnie. Burruss
1 year ago

Christian’s being. Prosecuted. is. Shameful I. Call. Discrimination. freedom. Of. Religion should. Not. Not. Be. Treated. With. Such. Hate. This. Is. Why this. Country. Is. The. Way. It. Is IRS. Should not. Deny any. Group. Or. Religion for. Any. Kind. Of. Exemption

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

The IRS is corrupt, just like the FBI,DOJ,NSA, and the hidenbiden commie government.

Michael
Michael
1 year ago

If it were not for the Black Robe Regiment the revolutionary war may well have been lost. We NEED more brave pastors to stand up and speak out against the tyrrany brought against the Faithful.

Cheryl Dowdy-Cordero
Cheryl Dowdy-Cordero
1 year ago

This decision on the part of the IRS shows the bias & discrimination against millions of people who pray for our Country everyday! Our nation moves further into chaos under this rogue political lack of leadership & disregard for anyone, but their personal & partisan Sovialist/Marxist & Communist agenda! God Bless America & save us from this tyrannical and treasonous overthrow of our government!🙏🇺🇸

charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
1 year ago

Biden also weaponized the Attorney General’s office also, mostly to protect Hunter fortune acquired when Biden was the VP. Democrat battle cry defund the police ,oops maybe not such a good idea, Biden is the habitual prevaricate who has stolen ideas from others his entire life, guilty of plagiarism you bet, now, the Biden’s family game pay to play, without even having a “BS charity cover” like the Clinton’s selling access etc. now we have corrupted the art world to have secret access. with very secret buyers, what a joke. Still trying to figure out what great talent Hunter had to be taken on so many tax payor trips to China and ending up with a billion dollar deal with 200 million commission. 2022 right around the corner very few Democrats will be elected or reelected total corruption.

Alvis
1 year ago

The IRS is operating as an criminal activity upon persons not subject to 26 USC. The ITS violates 4 USC 72 24 hours daily. Yet your federal government with the full approval of Congress relates to you as taxpayers and the tax is the federal income tax. Think for a moment upon these three examples pertaining to income. Federal income, State income and private income. Which of the three do you earn ? Let’s consider federal income as this income can only pertain to the source from which it is paid. Does your private income come from a federal payroll ? Of course not. So why would you be expected to return a a tax to the federal government on a wage you never received from the government ?
So much to say in so little space. Do this, by going to a law library where you can visually see a copy of 26 USC, and look in the index to the Code under the caption of, ” Liability for tax ” and scroll down the list to verify if the subject ” income ” is listed. Now, do your homework and know YOU have been deceived into paying a federal tax on your income for which there is NO liability for tax on income. The reason ? Read the Constitution at Article 1 section 2 and section 9, then ask the question whether this has been repealed or is it still the law ? As an example of the private employer, does he or she have the authority to tax your wages directly at the demand of the criminal IRS that is acting criminally against you and your employer ?

StaffSargent Smith
StaffSargent Smith
1 year ago

Satan vs Christians…we’ll see how that works out!

MSG Leo
MSG Leo
1 year ago

They need to do the same thing for Planned Parenthood then since they are 100% for Democrats..

charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
1 year ago

THE GOOD OLD OBAMA DAYS, HAVE RETURENED IRS DOJ ATTACK REPUBLICANS, WHAT GOES AROUND WILL COME AROUND.

Joe from Georgia
Joe from Georgia
1 year ago

It’s time to take the IRS to court. When the IRS disqualified a religious group tax exempt status because what they are teaching is the Bible someone needs to be fired. They have politicized the IRS. Do we have another Lois Lerner heading the tax exempt section of the IRS

John K
John K
1 year ago

Darkness always fears the light. Just a liar fears the truth, and the oppressor fears a people that can defend themselves.

John
John
1 year ago

Translation: “If you don’t agree with the Democrats you lose your religious freedom.”. So even the IRS is censoring Americans. Let’s drain the swamp again but more thoroughly this time.

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