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IRS has a dept. that monitors sermons
« on: August 07, 2014, 06:06:29 AM »
IRS has a dept. that monitors sermons


By: Human Events   
8/6/2014 11:23 AM


The Beckett Fund’s Executive Director, Kristina Arriaga, released the following message:


Within the IRS, there is, no lie, a “Political Activities Referral Committee” unit that investigates whether preachers have said something from the pulpit in violation of the IRS rules regarding preaching. It even has an acronym: “PARC.”

How do I know this?





Because, in response to a lawsuit filed by the Freedom from Religion Foundation—a lawsuit where we, the Becket Fund, intervened–the IRS sent FFRF documents to reassure the activist atheist group that they were really working hard on being very diligent in their monitoring of preachers. The public only knows about this because of the Becket Fund’s intervention, forcing these documents to become part of the public record.

Of course, the IRS rules on this matter are not very clear, so who knows exactly what the PARC unit really monitors or how.

The official IRS letter, which I link here, states: “With regard to these referrals that concern violations by churches, the PARC has determined that as of June 23, 2014, 99 churches merit a high priority examination. Of these 99 churches, the number of churches alleged to have violated the prohibition during 2010 is 15, during 2011 is 18, during 2012 is 65, and during 2013 is one.”

Read more here.

http://humanevents.com/2014/08/06/irs-has-a-dept-that-monitors-sermons/
« Last Edit: August 07, 2014, 06:07:01 AM by rangerrebew »
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Re: IRS has a dept. that monitors sermons
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2014, 07:58:07 AM »
As long as the IRS remains in existence, liberty guaranteed us in the Declaration of Independence and codified in the Constitution remains conditional. Just as in pregnancy, either you are or you aren't; we either are free or we are not. As long as the IRS is around we're living under only a veneer of freedom.
« Last Edit: August 07, 2014, 10:27:28 AM by aligncare »
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Re: IRS has a dept. that monitors sermons
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2014, 08:05:52 AM »
If churches don't like it, then they can give up their tax-exempt status.  If you let the devil pay the piper, then the devil gets to call the tune.

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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2014, 08:39:26 AM »
If churches don't like it, then they can give up their tax-exempt status.  If you let the devil pay the piper, then the devil gets to call the tune.
True. At the same time, we can be sure the IRS doesn't apply this policy in an evan-handed manner.
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2014, 09:50:26 AM »
True. At the same time, we can be sure the IRS doesn't apply this policy in an evan-handed manner.

Ya think??
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Re: IRS has a dept. that monitors sermons
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2014, 10:03:08 AM »
Are they going to monitor mosques?
Constitutions are not designed for metaphysical or logical subtleties, for niceties of expression, for critical propriety, for elaborate shades of meaning, or for the exercise of philosophical acuteness or judicial research. They are instruments of a practical nature, founded on the common business of human life, adapted to common wants, designed for common use, and fitted for common understandings.

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Re: IRS has a dept. that monitors sermons
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2014, 10:07:05 AM »
Are they going to monitor mosques?
Mosques, mainstream (left-wing) denominations, "traditionally black" churches, etc...
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Re: IRS has a dept. that monitors sermons
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2014, 10:22:56 AM »
If churches don't like it, then they can give up their tax-exempt status.  If you let the devil pay the piper, then the devil gets to call the tune.
As a practicle matter, income taxes are only paid, when their is taxable net profit. Most organizations have flexibility about reported taxable net profit.

In fact churches could organize under two entities; the tax-exempt entity, and the taxable entitity.

And report a loss on the taxable entity, thereby owing zero in taxes.
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Re: IRS has a dept. that monitors sermons
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2014, 11:32:08 AM »
As long as the IRS remains in existence, liberty guaranteed us in the Declaration of Independence and codified in the Constitution remains conditional.

If people only understood the truth in terms that simple... 


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