#IRS scandal: Granting tax-exempt status to pro-life groups *if* they agree not to protest Planned Parenthood

Posted by: Phineas on May 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm

**Posted by Phineas

But they’re absolutely, totally, without a doubt non-political. And don’t you dare say otherwise, wingnut!

IRS officials refused to grant tax exempt status two pro-life organizations because of their position on the abortion issue, according to a non-profit law firm, which said that one group was pressured not to protest a pro-choice organization that endorsed President Obama during the last election.

“In one case, the IRS withheld approval of an application for tax exempt status for Coalition for Life of Iowa. In a phone call to Coalition for Life of Iowa leaders on June 6, 2009, the IRS agent ‘Ms. Richards’ told the group to send a letter to the IRS with the entire board’s signatures stating that, under perjury of the law, they do not picket/protest or organize groups to picket or protest outside of Planned Parenthood,” the Thomas More Society announced today. “Once the IRS received this letter, their application would be approved.”

Planned Parenthood endorsed Obama in 2008 and 2012.

The article also mentions a Texas pro-life group that had its free speech rights roughed up, too.

With new revelations of IRS abuse coming out seemingly hourly, this would be almost comical if it weren’t for the serious constitutional, legal, and political implications.  Granting tax-exempt status only if they promise not to exercise their First Amendment rights?? Can these morons in IRS really have been so blind as to not see what a bright red line they were crossing? (Or did they think it was an “Obama red line,” and therefore meaningless?)

And let’s not even start with why the press wasn’t asking about these rumors in 2010-2012… smiley angry

via Kevin Eder.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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  1. Great White Rat says:

    Just wasted three minutes of my life watching King Putt pretend to be outraged and upset and making all sorts of vague, indistinct promises about what will be done to make sure things like this never happen again. The one concrete action? Firing the acting IRS Commissioner.

    Now what was it I said just yesterday??

    Can’t wait to see what comes out between now and Friday

    .

    I can tell you some of it already. Some of the shlubs in the IRS who did as Obama directed, and at DOS who did as Hillary directed, are about to find out what it looks like under Obama’s bus.

    I hate being right all the time….

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    This is very telling in terms of the extent of the pernicious reach of Obhammud’s arrogance in that a citizen is required to barter one constitutional freedom away in order to exercise another, especially when those rights were won by the blood shed in the Revolutionary War and are the irrevocable province all citizens.

  3. Carlos says:

    The IRS people can’t be called morons because, even if any of them really did take a course in constitutional law, it was undoubtedly in a state-sponsored indoctrination institution (e.g., Michigan State or University of Oregon) where the law prof himself doesn’t understand such a simple phrase as “shall not be infringed”. Therefore, out in the real world, the ignorant attendees of such institutions would have no reason to think there might, just might, be a problem with trampling on what all those radical extremists talking about the Constitution claim as “rights”.

    With any luck, someone other than the lowest-level janitor at the IRS will get jail time over this whole mess…

  4. James says:

    The IRS scandal is bad enough. Wait until they enforce Obamacare and have access our medical records.

  5. Chris in N.Va. says:

    Gee, nice lil’ First Amendment youse got dere.

    Sure would be a shame if sumpin’ wuz t’ happen to it, if ya know wuddai mean.

    Perhaps me ‘n’ da boyz kin help ya out….fer a nominal price…