Thursday, July 9, 2009

IRS To Help Planned Parenthood

Just in case you did not already dislike the IRS they are making some abominable threats on a peaceful non-profit organization. The Thomas More Society a Chicago based non-profit law center the IRS has threatened to deny their tax exception unless the Iowa pro-life organization promises to limit its “picketing” and “protesting” of Planned Parenthood.

In response the attorneys of the Thomas More Society defending the coalition, argued that the IRS is in danger of violating the First Amendment and that the request for tax exemption should be promptly granted. The repeated questioning of the coalition suggests that the IRS may be denying or delaying tax-exempt status to an eligible organization based solely upon its religious affiliation and speech. Many other organizations regularly advocate on both sides of these issues, and they have not been hindered in obtaining or maintaining tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3).“The IRS not only erroneously forbade the Coalition for Life of Iowa from engaging in ‘advocacy’ as a section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; they also never gave any explanation as to why their request was relevant,” said Thomas Brejcha, president and chief counsel for the Thomas More Society. “The coalition has clearly and truthfully stated that all its activities fall in line with IRS guidelines. The IRS is protecting Planned Parenthood and harassing the Coalition for Life of Iowa.” National Catholic Register

The Thomas More Society has never been disruptive in their displays or caused any problems with their peaceful protests. This is a frightening reality that the IRS is trying to regulate a Christian non-profit organization. Pray for Thomas More Society that their cause will not be hurt by the Anti-American people of the IRS, in violation of the first amendment, bullying their organization because of their beliefs.

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