If you’re opposed to the idolatrous cult of the Messianic Nanny State, beware…the Obama administration has you in their cross-hairs.
In a blistering letter to President Barack Obama, the Rev. Franklin Graham said theÂ IRS targeted the two non-profits he headsÂ with an audit last year after the organizations took out ads urging people to support biblical principles on marriage and in choosing political candidates.
In theÂ letter, dated Tuesday, Graham said in light of recent revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, he does not believe the audit was “a coincidence â€” or justifiable.” Graham, son of famed Christian evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham, now heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association based in Charlotte, N.C., and Samaritan’s Purse, a worldwide relief organization headquartered in Boone.
“I am bringing this to your attention because I believe that someone in the administration was targeting and attempting to intimidate us,” Graham concluded in the letter. “This is morally wrong and unethical â€” indeed some would call it ‘un-American.'”
James Dobson, the pro-life family advocate disclosed today that he was a victim of IRS discrimination, in a revelation that adds to the growing Internal Revenue Scandal.
Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, says he faced discrimination from the federal agency when trying to start a new group.
Family Talk Action Corporation is a Christian ministry that was formed for the purpose of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ; of providing Christ-oriented advice and education to parents and children; and of speaking to cultural issues that affect the family. Dobson is the president and CEO.
On September 2, 2011, Family Talk Action filed a Form 1024 with the Internal Revenue Service requesting Â§ 501(c)(4) status. The attorney completing this form had submitted scores of similar applications over his 26 year career with none being rejected.
In January and February 2013, Family Talk Actionâ€™s counsel called the IRS reviewing agent, R. Medley (ID no. 52402), to inquire regarding when there would be a determination of the application. Her voice mail box was full on each of these calls so no message could be left. On March 6, he called Ms. Medley again and got routed to her voice mail again. This time, he was able to leave a voice mail message and requested a return call.
Medley did not call back until March 19. Family Talk Actionâ€™s attorney asked her when the IRS would issue its determination letter. Ms. Medley responded saying, I donâ€™t think your Form 1024 (application for exemption) will be granted because Family Talk Action is â€œnot educationalâ€ because it does not present all views. She continued, saying that Family Talk Action sounded like a â€œpartisan right-wing groupâ€ because, according to Ms. Medley, it only presents conservative viewpoints.
She then added, â€œyouâ€™re politicalâ€ because you â€œcriticized President Obama, who was a candidate.â€
Dobson and Graham weren’t the only targets during the 2012 campaign:
The Biblical Recorder, the official news journal for North Carolina Southern Baptists, found itself in the same situation in March â€“ audited for the first time since the Baptist newspaper was founded in 1833.
The newspaper garnered national attention last summer after Editor Allan Blume published an interview with Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy. In reference to his support of the traditional family, Cathy said he was â€œguilty as charged.â€
The Biblical Recorder also published the Billy Graham Evangelistic Associationâ€™s ads affirming traditional marriage.
And then â€“ came the telephone call from the Internal Revenue Service.
â€œIt raised some red flags and made me wonder why we were being targeted for an audit when we have been around since 1833 and have never been audited before,â€ Blume told Fox News. â€œPutting it all together made me wonder.â€
Blume said the timing may have been coincidental â€“ but â€œit didnâ€™t seem that way.â€
â€œThere seems to be a very anti-Christian bias that has flowed into a lot of government agencies â€“ oppression literally against Christian organizations and groups,â€ he said. â€œIt makes you wonder whatâ€™s going on.
Blume said the newspaper was eventually cleared, but the audit consumed time and money.
â€œIt was a lot of time and energy that we didnâ€™t have,â€ he said. â€œIt took some of our staff literally several weeks of doing nothing but that (the audit),â€ he said.
IRS officials refused to grant tax exempt status to 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.
â€œIn 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 â€˜Ms. Richardsâ€™ told the group to send a letter to the IRS with the entire boardâ€™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,â€ theÂ Thomas More Society announced today. â€œOnce the IRS received this letter, their application would be approved.â€
Planned Parenthood endorsed Obama in 2008 and 2012.
The IRS also pressured another pro-life group about its religious activities. â€œThe IRS withheld approval of an application for charitable tax-exempt recognition of Christian Voices for Life, questioning the groupâ€™s involvement with â€™40 Days for Lifeâ€™ and â€˜Life Chainâ€™ events,â€ according to the law firm. â€œThe Fort Bend County, Texas, organization was subjected to repeated and lengthy unconstitutional requests for information about the viewpoint and content of its educational communications, volunteer prayer vigils, and other protected activities.â€
With this much coordination against his “enemies,” there’s NO WAY Obama didn’t know about it.