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Congressman: IRS demanded to know content of pro-life group's prayers

Posted by on May. 19, 2013 at 5:00 AM
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Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock during the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the IRS scandal on Friday made a shocking claim: the IRS once asked an Iowa-based pro-life group to reveal the content of their prayers.

“Their question, specifically asked from the IRS to the Coalition for Life of Iowa: ‘Please detail the content of the members of your organization’s prayers,’” Rep. Schock said while grilling ousted IRS interim chief Steven Miller, .

“Would that be an inappropriate question to a 501(c)3 applicant?” the Republican congressman asked. “The content of one’s prayers?”

“It pains me to say I can’t speak to that one either,” Miller answered, adding later that her would be “surprised” if a question of that sort was asked of any conservative group.

The report Schock is referring to comes from Thomas More Society, a not-for-profit organization committed to fighting for religious liberties:

Coalition for Life of Iowa found itself in the IRS’s crosshairs when the group applied for tax exempt status in October 2008. Nearly ten months of interrogation about the group’s opposition to Planned Parenthood included a demand by a Ms. Richards from the IRS’ Cincinnati office unlawfully insisted that all board members sign a sworn declaration promising not to picket/protest Planned Parenthood. Further questioning by the IRS requested detailed information about the content of the group’s prayer meetings, educational seminars, and signs their members hold outside Planned Parenthood.

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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on May. 19, 2013 at 5:30 AM

BUMP!

gludwig2000
by Gina on May. 19, 2013 at 3:57 PM
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 Seriously? The contents of ones prayers are between them and God, and is nobody's else business.

pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on May. 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM
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I did not realize this but Obama came out in 2010 and said that 501 (c)4 they were a threat to our democracy.  And guess what the IRS started doing?  However, they failed to target progressive and liberal organizations but they went after at least 96 tea party groups.

DSamuels
by Gold Member on May. 19, 2013 at 7:09 PM
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Last I heard the number of groups complaining was close to 500.

Quoting pvtjokerus:

I did not realize this but Obama came out in 2010 and said that 501 (c)4 they were a threat to our democracy.  And guess what the IRS started doing?  However, they failed to target progressive and liberal organizations but they went after at least 96 tea party groups.

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143myboys9496
by Gold Member on May. 19, 2013 at 7:54 PM
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 Barry said that? Are you sure? *insert sarcasm*

Of course they failed to targets Barry supporters...if you're not hailing "king Barry" you're on a list...

Reminds me of another list of yore...the McCarthy lists..anyone remember that? I just remember learning about it in school. Anyone could be accused of being a communist, by anyone...And once a person was accused, they went on a list.

Yo Barry---Doesn't sound like we're moving forward....

Quoting pvtjokerus:

I did not realize this but Obama came out in 2010 and said that 501 (c)4 they were a threat to our democracy.  And guess what the IRS started doing?  However, they failed to target progressive and liberal organizations but they went after at least 96 tea party groups.

 

pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on May. 20, 2013 at 7:47 AM
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 Th figure 96 was strictly for the Tea Party.  As for other conservative groups, I have not seen the numbers.  I also saw that the IRS attacked religious groups and I don't know their numbers either.


Quoting DSamuels:

Last I heard the number of groups complaining was close to 500.

Quoting pvtjokerus:

I did not realize this but Obama came out in 2010 and said that 501 (c)4 they were a threat to our democracy.  And guess what the IRS started doing?  However, they failed to target progressive and liberal organizations but they went after at least 96 tea party groups.


 

JanuaryBaby06
by on May. 20, 2013 at 1:25 PM

It is wrong to ask about something private like prayers. I am guessing that they have a recording of this? IMO none of these political groups should be tax exempt.

mikiemom
by Gold Member on May. 20, 2013 at 2:03 PM
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Is there actual evidence to back up this claim or is this like all the claims - shockingly (NOT) lacking of actual evidence of truth.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on May. 20, 2013 at 4:02 PM
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Settle down, it's the Obama Administration - it's okay.

Quoting gludwig2000:

 Seriously? The contents of ones prayers are between them and God, and is nobody's else business.


 

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on May. 20, 2013 at 4:09 PM

 

It wasn't a person to person interview.

Long  paper trail.

Quoting JanuaryBaby06:

It is wrong to ask about something private like prayers. I am guessing that they have a recording of this? IMO none of these political groups should be tax exempt.


 

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