IRS Finally Gets Serious About Religion And Politics

February 27th, 2008at 11:18am Posted by Eli

Yes, the IRS is finally investigating a church for possible political activities:

The IRS is investigating the United Church of Christ over a speech Barack Obama gave to its national meeting last year after he became a candidate for president.

Obama is a member of the church.

A spokesman for the denomination says it received notice of the inquiry on Monday.

The IRS says there is reason to believe the speech violated restrictions on political activity for nonprofit groups. The denomination denies any wrongdoing.

Church officials say they had consulted with lawyers before the Democrat’s June 2007 speech and made clear before Obama’s address that he was speaking as a church member, not a political candidate.

Sure, it’s not like there’s a bunch of fundie preachers and leaders out there endorsing candidates and telling their congregations that the Baby Jesus wants them to vote Republican or anything. Way to go, IRS.

(h/t twolf)

Entry Filed under: Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Obama,Politics,Religion


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