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IRS Targeted Well-Known Christian Ministries
RedState ^ | May 15, 2013 | Todd Stanes

Posted on 05/15/2013 1:04:26 PM PDT by Petrosius

Several well-known religious organizations say they were targeted by the Internal Revenue Service, including the ministry founded by famed evangelist Billy Graham and a 180-year-old Baptist newspaper, Fox News has learned.

Among the ministries targeted are the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Samaritan’s Purse and the Biblical Recorder – the newspaper of the North Carolina Baptist State Convention. The revelations seem to indicate the IRS was targeting more than just Tea Party groups and conservative political organizations.

“I am bringing this to your attention because I believe that someone in the Administration was targeting and attempting to intimidate us,” wrote Franklin Graham in a letter Tuesday to President Obama. “This is morally wrong and unethical – indeed some would call it ‘un-American.’”

Graham is president of the ministry his father founded – as well as the international charity known as Samaritan’s Purse. Both organizations were notified of the IRS audits on the same day – not long after running advertisements supporting North Carolina’s Marriage amendment.

The ads encouraged voters to “cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel.” The ads concluded with these words: “Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me (Billy Graham) that American will remain one nation under God.”

“I do not believe that the IRS audit of our two organizations last year is a coincidence – or justifiable,” Graham wrote in his letter.

The Internal Revenue Service did not return calls seeking comment.

Mark DeMoss, a spokesman for Graham, told Fox News it was the first time the ministry had been audited in its history.

“These certainly appear to be politically motivated since the ministry had run some newspaper ads – not mentioning any candidates – simply urging people to vote for candidates with biblical values,” DeMoss said.

The Biblical Recorder, the official news journal for North Carolina Southern Baptists, found itself in the same situation in March – 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 “guilty as charged.”

The Biblical Recorder also published the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s ads affirming traditional marriage.

And then – came the telephone call from the Internal Revenue Service.

“It 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,” Blume told Fox News. “Putting it all together made me wonder.”

Blume said the timing may have been coincidental – but “it didn’t seem that way.”

“There seems to be a very anti-Christian bias that has flowed into a lot of government agencies – oppression literally against Christian organizations and groups,” he said. “It makes you wonder what’s going on.

Blume said the newspaper was eventually cleared, but the audit consumed time and money.

“It was a lot of time and energy that we didn’t have,” he said. “It took some of our staff literally several weeks of doing nothing but that (the audit),” he said.

The IRS eventually cleared both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, but Graham noted that the audit cost the ministries money.

“Unfortunately, while these audits not only wasted taxpayer money, they wasted money contributed by donors for ministry purposes, as we had to spend precious resources servicing the IRS agents in our offices,” Graham wrote.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: impeachnow; implausibledenial; irs; irschristians; irsscandal; irsvictim; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills

1 posted on 05/15/2013 1:04:26 PM PDT by Petrosius
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To: Petrosius

another shocker....../s


2 posted on 05/15/2013 1:08:33 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Petrosius

These Christian groups should demand a hearing in front of Issa’s committee. The nation should hear these complaints against the anti-Christian bigots running Obama’s agencies.


3 posted on 05/15/2013 1:08:37 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Petrosius

Find the Muslim or atheist high up the chain. And then you will know.

Oh wait . . .


4 posted on 05/15/2013 1:12:25 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: Petrosius

"Hell to pay" and "get what we deserve"??

5 posted on 05/15/2013 1:12:39 PM PDT by Slyfox (The red face of shame is proof that the conscience is still operational.)
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To: Petrosius
The house should pull IRS records on whether the IRS investigated and pressured high ranking officials too.


6 posted on 05/15/2013 1:12:52 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: txrefugee
Agreed. I give Rev. Graham a lot of credit for buying ads in many newspapers just before the election urging people to "Vote Biblical Values."

I think he saw something far more sinister than just a socialist friendly president.

7 posted on 05/15/2013 1:13:08 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: DannyTN

Like maybe John Traitor Roberts.


8 posted on 05/15/2013 1:15:52 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: petitfour

Wonder if the IRS harassed any Muslim groups.....?


9 posted on 05/15/2013 1:16:08 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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This notion that's peddled by the religious right - that they are oppressed is not true. Sometimes it's a cynical ploy to move their agenda ahead. The classic example being that somehow secularists are trying to eliminate Christmas, which strikes me as some kind of manufactured controversy.

BARACK OBAMA, Street Prophets interview, Jul. 11, 2006

10 posted on 05/15/2013 1:18:01 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: Resolute Conservative

yeah, someone else posted the possibility they got to Roberts on the Holder thread today. So I just expanded the idea to check for investigations of all key government officials


11 posted on 05/15/2013 1:18:13 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN

Be nice to know who had the balls to threaten Roberts about his two adopted kids.


12 posted on 05/15/2013 1:19:03 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Slyfox

Obama loves to drone.


13 posted on 05/15/2013 1:20:35 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Petrosius

OK, so I wasn’t paranoid when I said that the left was trying to destroy Christianity.


14 posted on 05/15/2013 1:30:43 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: Petrosius

Time for massive class action lawsuits.

Along with a massve tax revolt!


15 posted on 05/15/2013 1:41:32 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Slyfox

Revolt is coming my dear.


16 posted on 05/15/2013 1:41:46 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: petitfour

LOL

Dear God, how I would love to see that piece of refuse marched out of the White House in handcuffs. I know it’ll never happen, but I can dream.


17 posted on 05/15/2013 1:44:11 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: Petrosius
IRS = It's Really Satan!
18 posted on 05/15/2013 1:49:20 PM PDT by Tonytitan
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To: Petrosius

This is only the beginning. Soon we will see homosexual activists picketing Christian churches on Sundays. Worshipers will be subjected to taunts and catcalls. Priests and Ministers of the Word will have their homes marked with spray paint. Within a decade congregants will have to meet in private on Sundays to avoid being singled out as Christians.

The Lord never said it would be easy.


19 posted on 05/15/2013 1:54:44 PM PDT by kjo (+)
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To: Venturer

Hassel Billy Graham? God will get ya for that! The wrath of Hell may well fall on Obama and his motley crew. We are just one or two more scandals from an Anti-Obama blacklash. He had to have known something was up—or even ordered it.


20 posted on 05/15/2013 2:11:15 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Petrosius

Yesterday it was the Tea Party.
Today it’s Christians.
Tomorrow it’ll be everyone who ever voted Republican.


21 posted on 05/15/2013 2:30:29 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: bgill

re: Tomorrow it’ll be everyone who ever voted Republican.

Or anyone who donated money to any pro-life, pro-family, pro-Israel, or Christian church that is not on the Left.


22 posted on 05/15/2013 2:35:37 PM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: The_Media_never_lie

I keep asking that. But we know the answer.


23 posted on 05/15/2013 3:25:13 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Petrosius

Revolt is coming.


24 posted on 05/15/2013 3:46:41 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

This is the damndest run Government I have ever seen. No one ever knows anything


25 posted on 05/15/2013 4:16:48 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Petrosius

And so did the military recently

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3006897/posts


26 posted on 05/15/2013 4:33:03 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: Petrosius

This sounds like a soft war to me.. “The Taliban is in OUR buildings”.


27 posted on 05/15/2013 4:42:35 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: bgill
Makes me wonder if ALL government agencies are profiling Americans and rendering decisions solely based on one's political affiliation. Social Security Admin. disability claims come to mind.. EPA's granting of permits. TSA harassment..

INVESTIGATE THE EPA NEXT! I'd imagine the 'SuperShredder500' is really busy right now.

28 posted on 05/15/2013 5:01:09 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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29 posted on 05/15/2013 6:23:30 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Petrosius; onyx

Remember who went to Haiti with Franklin Graham’s “Samaritans Purse” group on a relief mission after the earthquake?


30 posted on 05/15/2013 7:38:25 PM PDT by arasina (Communism is EVIL. So there.)
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