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Will the IRS Monitor Sermons?

Written by Gary North on August 18, 2014

This report appeared on the WND site.

Imagine uttering the words “pro-life” in your church and finding yourself targeted by an investigation from the feared and reviled Internal Revenue Service.

An expert on the First Amendment conflict between pastors and the federal agency, which says it is investigating speech delivered from pulpits, confirms that’s possible.

Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel for the Becket Fund, told WND a recent case brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation against the IRS raises the prospect of investigations of pastoral speech.

FFRF demanded that the IRS investigate sermons, focusing on certain politically charged “code words.”

But the case suddenly was dismissed at the request of FFRF, which said it was satisfied because the IRS agreed to adopt standards for determining whether churches and religious organizations are complying with restrictions on political activity. The case was dismissed without prejudice, so FFRF could file another lawsuit if it believes the IRS is not following through with its promise.

Blomberg said the case was brought by the foundation to force the IRS to attend church services and launch investigations.

My guess: no chance. Today, the IRS is under investigation by the House with respect to its refusal to grant tax exempt status to conservative outfits. The IRS is now in turtle defense mode. Turtles do not go on the attack.

Second, the IRS does not want to poke the churches into arousal. This kind of stunt would awaken pastors who never preach on politics or pro-life. They do not want to be under scrutiny by outsiders.

Third, IRS employees do not want to listen to sermons.

Fourth, atheists and Lefties do not want to listen to sermons.

Enforcement all depends on tip-offs. What’s in it for the IRS to get involved? Maybe more hearings in front of the House.

The woman who was in charge has taken the fifth amendment. All those emails have had to be lost. How many more emails will have to be lost? IRS emails are the opposite of church testimonies: “I was saved, but now I’m lost.”

Here is the bureaucrat’s number-one rule: “Don’t make waves.”

This is going to go nowhere.

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6 thoughts on “Will the IRS Monitor Sermons?

  1. RivahMitch says:

    My opinion… you underestimate the desire for total control. The most effective response to this government behavior is (i) old-fashioned shunning, and (ii) make sure that you know who the gestapo in your church are, where they live and who their families are, and (iii) make sure they know that you know. Then, when the SHTF….

  2. Phillip the Bruce says:

    Of course, if your church is NOT incorporated (granted permission to exist by the gunverment), and NOT 501c3 (which it does not need to be, this was written for non-church charities), then the IRS is no problem.

  3. The IRS has been so powerful and so feared for so long, that they have no restraints. They are the biggest and baddest version of Godzilla ever created. They fear no man nor beast for they have the power to destroy. And they are willing to do that to anyone, including widows and orphans, without shame or remorse. Mafia Dons, who have no fear of the FBI, fear the IRS. Will they go after churches? Given the opportunity, "You Betcha". See my blog at http://cranky-conservative.blogspot.com

  4. Holy Shirt says:

    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

    Without appending what came to be called "The Bill of Rights" a 3/4 super-majority of the original 13 states would not ratify the 1789 Constitution of the United States. The preceding paragraph constitutes the entire First Amendment.

    Where is the vaunted 'Separation of Church and State' offered by Liberal, Revisionist jurists lacking jurisprudence? Where has it led our Constitutional Republic, the 'Noble Experiment', once the envy of freedom-lovers everywhere? Utter Destruction! An argument could be made that their close documentary proximity forbids such a separation.

  5. Holy Shirt says:

    The woman who was in charge has taken the fifth amendment. All those emails have had to be lost. How many more emails will have to be lost? IRS emails are the opposite of church testimonies: “I was saved, but now I’m lost.”

    "I was saved, but now I'm lost." is more hilarious than 'Hillary,' 'Clinton' and 'candid[ate]' used in the same sentence.

  6. David iin MA says:

    I suggest they start with preacher Farrakhan and that minister White in Chicago, anyone with half a rain knows they are "preaching" politics from the pulpit….