By John Burton:
The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is threatening to revoke the tax-exempt status of Pasadena’s All Saints Church on the grounds that an antiwar sermon given in November 2004 violated the requirement that charitable organizations not endorse particular candidates.
The church is challenging in court the IRS’s demand that it turn over documents to investigators. …
The Internal Revenue Service’s probe to strip Pasadena’s All Saints Church of tax-exempt status is an act of political censorship aimed at intimidating and suppressing opposition to the war in Iraq and the policies of the Bush administration.
I call for an immediate end to the investigation.
There is no legitimate basis for the government’s demand that the church turn over documents to IRS investigators.
The IRS action is a transparently political and anti-democratic attack, coming as it does from an administration that has done more to eliminate the separation of church and state than any government in US history.
Right-wing Christian fundamentalists exercise an effective veto power over government policy on such issues as stem cell research, abortion and gay rights.
Bush repeatedly invokes God as a justification for his policies, including the war in Iraq.
The administration funnels millions of dollars to right-wing religious organizations in the name of Bush’s program of “faith-based” initiatives.
US soldiers’ blogs censored: here.