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Anti-War Sermon Gets IRS Involved Monday, November 07, 2005

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), long an entity of vile hatred in America, appears to be going after churches now. Obviously a tool of the administration, the IRS has threatened the tax exempt status of the All Saints Episcopal Church of Pasadena, California. The church gave an anti-war sermon on Oct 31, 2004. They didn't pick a candidate, they merely spoke out against the war, as they had done during the first Gulf War and Vietnam. Imagine a church giving an anti-ware sermon.

Anyway... the L.A. Times has the complete story.

In his sermon, Regas, who from the pulpit opposed both the Vietnam War and 1991's Gulf War, imagined Jesus participating in a political debate with then-candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry. Regas said that "good people of profound faith" could vote for either man, and did not tell parishioners whom to support.

But he criticized the war in Iraq, saying that Jesus would have told Bush, "Mr. President, your doctrine of preemptive war is a failed doctrine. Forcibly changing the regime of an enemy that posed no imminent threat has led to disaster."


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After the initial inquiry, the church provided the IRS with a copy of all literature given out before the election and copies of its policies, Bacon said.

But the IRS recently informed the church that it was not satisfied by those materials, and would proceed with a formal examination. Soon after that, church officials decided to inform the congregation about the dispute.

In an October letter to the IRS, Marcus Owens, the church's tax attorney and a former head of the IRS tax-exempt section, said, "It seems ludicrous to suggest that a pastor cannot preach about the value of promoting peace simply because the nation happens to be at war during an election season."

Owens said that an IRS audit team had recently offered the church a settlement during a face-to-face meeting.

"They said if there was a confession of wrongdoing, they would not proceed to the exam stage. They would be willing not to revoke tax-exempt status if the church admitted intervening in an election."


[...]


Some congregants were upset that a sermon citing Jesus Christ's championing of peace and the poor was the occasion for an IRS probe.

"I'm appalled," said 70-year-old Anne Thompson of Altadena, a professional singer who also makes vestments for the church.

"In a government that leans so heavily on religious values, that they would pull a stunt like this, it makes me heartsick."

Joe Mirando, an engineer from Burbank, questioned whether the 3,500-member church would be under scrutiny if it were not known for its activism and its liberal stands on social issues.

"The question is, is it politically motivated?" he said. "That's the underlying feeling of everyone here. I don't have enough information to make a decision, but there's a suspicion."


Not surprising but tragic and frightening none the less.


posted by Stithmeister @ 8:32 AM
 
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At 9:49 AM, Blogger Greymagius said...
I'm curious about the Repug/Evangelical methodology, that allows such Religious figures as Dobson & Robertson to be so of two (supposedly) seperate worlds.

Ah well, must figure soon, so I can do it,
Yours in Faux,
Reverend Grey
 

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