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California Episcopal church won't comply with the IRS

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by 2 Timothy2:1-4, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. 2 Timothy2:1-4

    2 Timothy2:1-4 New Member

    Dec 22, 2006
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    RNS) A California Episcopal Church voted Thursday (Sept. 21) to defy the Internal Revenue Service's demands for documents concerning an anti-war sermon given shortly before the 2004 presidential election.All Saints Church's lay leader, Bob Long, said they have nothing to hide from the IRS.
    "We came to this decision because we believe that these summonses intolerably infringe upon our Constitutional rights," he said in a statement Thursday.
    The governing board of the Pasadena, Calif., church voted 26-0 to deny the IRS request, firmly placing the ball back in the IRS's court.
    IRS regulations prohibit nonprofits, including churches, from participating in any political campaign on behalf of one candidate. Possible penalties if found guilty are numerous, the most drastic being the loss of tax exemptions.
    The church came under IRS scrutiny after the Rev. George Regas, the church's former rector, delivered a guest sermon in October 2004, called "If Jesus Debated Sen. Kerry and President Bush." Regas depicted Jesus addressing Bush, calling the president's doctrine of pre-emptive war a "failed doctrine."

  2. Rufus_1611

    Rufus_1611 New Member

    Oct 27, 2006
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    They have no Constitutional Rights in this matter. They yoked up with the IRS and covenanted with them to behave according to that covenant. Now they've violated that covenant and the IRS is knocking on their door. If they didn't want the IRS telling them what to do, then they shouldn't have made the IRS the head of their church.