IRS Asked Iowa Pro-Life Group about their Prayers
May 18, 2013 - 10:55 am
This actually makes perfect sense. We can’t have tax exempt groups running around praying for a GOP victory. The IRS felt compelled to look into the souls of their targets in order to determine just how partisan their praying was and if they prayed equally for Democrats and Republicans.
Best if pro-life groups start maintaining a “prayer log” for reporting purposes.
While applying with the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt status in 2009, an Iowa-based anti-abortion group was asked to provide information about its members’ prayer meetings, documents sent by an IRS official to the organization reveal.
On June 22, 2009, the Coalition for Life of Iowa received a letter from the IRS office in Cincinnati, Ohio, that oversees tax exemptions requesting details about how often members pray and whether their prayers are “considered educational.”
“Please explain how all of your activities, including the prayer meetings held outside of Planned Parenthood, are considered educational as defined under 501(c)(3),” reads the letter, made public by the Thomas More Society, a public interest law firm that collected evidence about the IRS practices. “Organizations exempt under 501(c)(3) may present opinions with scientific or medical facts. Please explain in detail the activities at these prayer meetings. Also, please provide the percentage of time your organizations spends on prayer groups as compared with the other activities of the organization.”
The IRS is currently under fire for allegedly targeting conservative groups that applied for nonprofit status in recent years. In response, two IRS officials have stepped down, including Acting Commissioner Steven Miller.
At the Ways and Means Committee hearing yesterday, Weasel Miller gave the following response when questioned about the IRS query:
“It pains me to say I can’t speak to that one either,” Miller said. He had said earlier that he would not be able to discuss individual cases during the hearing.
“You don’t know whether or not that would be an appropriate question to ask?” Schock replied.
“Speaking outside of this case, which I don’t know anything about, it would surprise me that that question was asked,” Miller said.
Documented proof isn’t good enough for this clown. And judging by his cluelessness, there is very little doubt that Miller was “surprised” a great deal of the time about what the IRS was asking conservatives when auditing their applications.