(Republican Party News) – The Internal Revenue Service has denied a Texas-based Christian group’s tax exempt status because they think the Bible’s teachings are affiliated specifically with the Republican Party. While there is some truth to the notion that much of what is on the right is somehow tied into Christian belief and thought, the Bible itself is not a partisan religious text.
According to Gateway Pundit, IRS director of exemptions Stephen Martin has sent out a letter to Christians Engaged and stated that the group used Bible teachings “typically affiliated with the Republican Party and candidates” which educated people on how they should vote in elections.
“By teaching members about issues such as ‘the sanctity of life, the definition of marriage, biblical justice, laws vs. lawlessness, freedom of speech, religious liberty, government and business ethics, human trafficking, fiscal responsibility in government budgeting, defense, borders and immigration, U.S. and Israel relations,’ Martin said the group had “engaged in prohibited campaign intervention,'” a report from Fox Business said.
“While you educate voters on what the bible says about issues, your educational activities are not neutral,” he went on to write. “The topics typically are affiliated with distinct candidates and specific political party platforms.”
The group, which first formed in July 2019, also educates individuals on how to choose between ‘imperfect candidates,’ urging members to look at what the candidate says about the issues and see if their beliefs align with the bible,” Martin added.
Christian Engaged – which describes itself as ‘educational, Christian and non-partisan’ – has a section on its website encouraging individuals to vote in every election ‘to impact our culture,'” the report continued.
The group has appealed and has once again stated they are not political, also noting they do not put out voter guides.
“We just want to encourage more people to vote and participate in the political process,” Christians Engaged President and founder Bunni Pounds went on to state. “How can anyone be against that?”
The IRS has also noted that the leadership of the group is packed with ‘GOP activists’ and then decided the organization doesn’t qualify for tax exempt status.
The whole idea of tax exempt status seems like something that was invented as a means of legalizing the ability of the left to infiltrate churches and use them for their own political advantages. Let’s hope this group is protected and able to continue their work.
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