IRS agrees to monitor sermons in settlement with atheists

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The IRS has agreed to pay closer attention to what is said in houses of worship after reaching a settlement with a secularist group in federal court last week.

On Friday, the IRS settled a lawsuit filed in 2012 by the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). The Wisconsin group brought the lawsuit because it said the IRS was ignoring complaints about churches violating their tax-exempt statuses. Specifically, FFRF said many churches promote political issues, legislation, and/or candidates from the pulpit in violation of the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which requires that non-profits not endorse candidates.

According to FFRF, the IRS has not followed a 2009 ruling requiring it to hire someone to keep an eye on church politicking. The IRS says it hasn’t ignored the ruling, but merely failed to follow it.

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2 thoughts on “IRS agrees to monitor sermons in settlement with atheists”

  1. About time!! The religious movement enjoying tax exempt status and raping the poor should be done away with. There is absolutely no reason that an organization should not help the rest of the country in building roads, financing schools, etc… Especially when you see that they only only share 10% of what they are tithed to help. Dont believe me? Ask for your Church’s financials. IF they give it to you, you will see that an average of 40% goes to payroll,… even considering that most staff are volunteers. It is absolutely sickening!!
    “Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.”

    • PS: I think they should also be required to pay into the Social Security and Medicare programs as well… undoubtedly that would do more for the elderly and needy than exotic oversea vacations to build missions. Just saying.

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