As the right tries to turn a genuine problem at the IRS into a terrible witch hunt that would have led to Christians being rounded up and thrown into concentration camps, Christian groups are lining up to take their place among the righteously persecuted. Jerome Corsi and the Worldnutdaily are putting a megaphone in front of them so they can state their claim, with no evidence whatsoever.
During the 2012 election year, the Internal Revenue Service delayed the application of a conservative Christian group in Ohio that was seeking 501(c)3 tax-exempt status to register Christians to vote and to oppose the ACLU in court in First Amendment cases.
“We have suspicion that the IRS delayed our application for nearly 13 months due to the selective targeting of Ohio conservative groups that Congress is now investigating in both the House and Senate,” stated Chris Long, president of the Ohio Christian Alliance, told WND.
Long said his group’s original application made it clear that the new organization would go into Christian congregations with a non-partisan effort to register voters in the battleground state of Ohio during the 2012 presidential election.
“The IRS knew we would be registering conservative church-goers and weighing in on the 2012 presidential election,” he said…
Long suspects the IRS was attempting to block the Ohio Christian Alliance, or OCA, from forming a 501(c)3 organization because it didn’t want the organization to counter the ACLU in court.
He noted that at the time of OCA’s application, the Obama administration was pushing forward the Obamacare mandate that would require even Christian organizations to pay for abortion and contraceptive services in employee health care plans.
“My suspicion is the IRS knew the Ohio Christian Alliance would appear in court to oppose the ACLU and the HHS mandate,” he said.
So this is based solely on their “suspicion.” Never mind that the average time for the IRS to evaluate and approve applications for non-profit status went up in the last three years because the number of applications more than doubled after Citizens United. And never mind that the imagined reason for the claims of bias are kind of absurd — why would the IRS want to prevent this one organization from doing things that any number of other organizations already do? There’s certainly no shortage of groups that register voters in churches or who challenge the ACLU in court (Liberty Counsel, ACLJ, ADF, Thomas More Law Center, Thomas More Society, Rutherford Institute, and about a dozen others). And there sure as hell isn’t any shortage of legal challenges to health care reform or the contraception mandate, with dozens of such cases already filed. Nope, it has to be persecution. So climb up on that cross and nail yourself to it.