IRS settles with atheist group to monitor content of sermons

I see a couple problems with this arrangement. The first is the obvious. Should the IRS be monitoring content of sermons at all? It implicates the rights of free speech, free assembly, and free exercise of religion. The IRS will obviously argue that this is simply a condition of the tax-free status, but I don't really think that excuse flies. Obviously the courts have allowed it, but that doesn't mean it's right.

In this specific case we're talking about a court settlement the IRS has made with the Freedom From Religion Foundation. That reminds of the EPA's practice of being sued by and then settling with friendly environmental groups in order to implement policies it might find politically difficult otherwise. I suspect that's what's happening here, and that enforcement will be quite thoroughly biased.

Given what we now know about the internal IRS culture, we absolutely should not allow that agency anywhere near regulation of speech or politics.

This entry was published Tue Jul 29 12:44:34 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2014-07-28 11:17:24.0. [Tweet]

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