One of the most infuriating things that has happened in Washington, D.C. over the last fifteen years is the overt use of the bureaucracy in the Federal government for left-wing political purposes.
What do I mean? Remember the repeated accusations during the Obama administration that the IRS, all of a sudden, started targeting political conservatives and doing things like denying tax exempt status to politically conservative organizations while allowing blatant leftist (and outright insane) organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center to continue to receive tax exempt status. It was absolutely disgusting.
Then, we saw the continuation of this trend to use the Federal bureaucracy for political ends with the FBI and the Justice Department during the Trump administration. Factions in those departments actively worked against President Trump’s agenda in multiple areas.
Now, the IRS is back at it, only, this time, they’re targeting a group for the most ridiculous reason you can imagine. Fred Lucas writes,
A top Internal Revenue Service official told a Christian group that “Bible teachings are typically affiliated” with the Republican Party as a rationale for denying its application for tax-exempt status.
The Texas-based Christians Engaged filed an appeal on Wednesday to the IRS’ denial, objecting to the tax agency’s assertion that it is partisan.
In a May 18 denial letter, IRS Exempt Organizations Director Stephen A. Martin said Christians Engaged is involved in “prohibited political campaign intervention” and “operate[s] for a substantial non-exempt private purpose and for the private interests of the [Republican Party].”
A “legend” at the top of the letter shows nine letters of the alphabet being used as shorthand to represent something. In this letter’s example, oddly, “D” represented “Republican.”
“Specifically, you educate Christians on what the Bible says in areas where they can be instrumental, including the areas of sanctity of life, the definition of marriage, biblical justice, freedom of speech, defense, and borders and immigration, U.S. and Israel relations,” Martin wrote. “The Bible teachings are typically affiliated with the D party and candidates. This disqualifies you from exemption under lRS Section 50I(c)(3).”
Christians Engaged first applied for tax-exempt status in late 2019. First Liberty Institute, a religious freedom public interest law firm, is representing the Christian group in its appeal.
Can you believe this?
Now, I would agree that the Christian viewpoint on numerous issues aligns much more closely with the policy positions of the Republican Party than with the Democratic Party (okay, not at all with the Democratic Party), but the point here is the organization focuses on faith and informs any political viewpoints from their faith. Therefore, they are a religious organization who should be granted their tax exempt status, and they are not a political organization.
But we see the IRS trying to politicize religion and to punish those who disagree with the political viewpoints of the swamp in Washington.
This is utterly ridiculous.