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The Internal Revenue Service settled a lawsuit brought by the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The 2012 lawsuit was settled after the IRS agreed to monitor what is said in houses of worship, something that is a clear violation of the First Amendment, since no law can be written by Congress to this effect. Therefore, the "unconstitutional" IRS has gone way beyond what the federal Constitution allows.
The Wisconsin group brought the lawsuit because it said the IRS was ignoring complaints about churches violating their tax-exempt statuses. Specifically, FFRF said many churches promote political issues, legislation, and/or candidates from the pulpit in violation of the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which requires that non-profits not endorse candidates.
According to FFRF, the IRS has not followed a 2009 ruling requiring it to hire someone to keep an eye on church politicking. The IRS says it hasn't ignored the ruling, but merely failed to follow it.
The government has put a moratorium on the IRS' investigations of tax-exempt organizations after the scandal that broke in 2013 over its targeting of pro-life, pro-family, and Tea Party groups. FFRF says that even though the IRS will not enforce the agreement because of the moratorium, they can still bring the lawsuit again if needed after the moratorium is lifted.
"This is a victory, and we're pleased with this development in which the IRS has proved to our satisfaction that it now has in place a protocol to enforce its own anti-electioneering provisions," said FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor in a press release.
"Of course, we have the complication of a moratorium currently in place on any IRS investigations of any tax-exempt entities, church or otherwise, due to the congressional probe of the IRS," she added. "FFRF could refile the suit if anti-electioneering provisions are not enforced in the future against rogue political churches."
The press release went on to state:
The IRS has now resolved the signature authority issue necessary to initiate church examinations. The IRS also has adopted procedures for reviewing, evaluating and determining whether to initiate church investigations. While the IRS retains "prosecutorial" discretion with regard to any individual case, the IRS no longer has a blanket policy or practice of non-enforcement of political activity restrictions as to churches.
In addition to FFRF's lawsuit, IRS enforcement procedures with respect to political activity by tax-exempt organizations have been the subject of intense scrutiny by Congress. As a result, the IRS is reviewing and implementing safeguards to ensure evenhanded enforcement across the board with respect to all tax-exempt organizations.
Until that process is completed, the IRS has suspended all examinations of tax-exempt organizations for alleged political activities. The current suspension, however, is not limited to church tax inquiries.
If you recall there was an outcry for "Pulpit Freedom Suday" back in 2012, as the left didn't mind being political in Black Churches to advance its agenda, but God forbid that Churches that are truly biblical in their worldview speak out against the evils of political parties and issues of the day, something that would have been foreign to our forefathers.
According to FFRF, "Pulpit Freedom Sunday ... has become an annual occasion for churches to violate the law with impunity. The IRS, meanwhile, admittedly was not enforcing the restrictions against churches."
Senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom Erik Stanley said, "The IRS has no business censoring what a pastor preaches from the pulpit."
Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/07/irs-mo......
The chairman of the House Oversight Committee asked Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday to turn over documents related to the Justice Department’s decisions to settle mortgage fraud accusations against two of the nation’s biggest banks.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wants to see documents and internal communications relating to November’s record $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase and this month’s $7 billion agreement with Citigroup.
Both cases involved allegations that the banks helped precipitate the 2008 economic crisis by selling risky mortgage securities to investors who were led to believe the underlying loans were solid.
Holder touted the settlements, announcing that billions of dollars would be directed to programs to help homeowners hurt by the downturn — and stressing that the banks admitted wrongdoing.
read more here: http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/192259/?u...
The Story via The Christian News Network:
PORTLAND, Ore. — A chapter of a nationally-recognized Christian group that seeks to reach children with the gospel of Jesus Christ is under fire for teaching kids the biblical doctrine of sin and eternal judgment, in addition to sharing about the love and mercy of God.
The Portland chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is facing resistance from some area residents as they conduct voluntary summer camps in the area and plan on hosting after-school Bible studies in local public schools. The problem? CEF teaches children that each person is a sinner in need of the Savior.
Those who oppose the group assert that because of this, CEF does not present “Jesus loves you” mainstream Christianity, and claim that the organization is “hardcore evangelical fundamental.”
“They pretend to be a mainstream Christian Bible study when in fact they’re a very old school fundamentalist sect,” resident Kaye Schmitt told local television station KATU.
Robert Aughenbaugh also told reporters this week that preaching to children about sin might give them feelings of fear and shame.
Aughenbaugh, Schmitt and others have organized a group called Protect Portland Children, which seeks to speak out against CEF’s message and influence parents not to allow their children to attend its events. It has set up a Facebook page that has so far generated over 800 likes. It’s profile photograph is of a child holding a sign that reads “I am not a sinner.”
The curriculum teaches young children that they’re born sinners, bound for eternity in hell unless they obey the club’s teachings,” the group asserts.
“Before the Portland public schools allow ‘The Good News Club’ to use school facilities or to promote their activities on campus it would seem appropriate to allow mental health professionals to further investigate the activities of this group,” wrote Chuck Currie of the United Church of Christ in a recent blog post about the matter.
But CEF says that it is not teaching anything outside of the basic and fundamental truths of the gospel—and that mankind must understand the bad news to know why the good news is so good.
“Listen, the message of the gospel the teaching of the core Christian tenets of the Christian faith that have been taught for 2,000 years in the Bible is what we’re teaching,” CEF Vice President of Ministries Moises Esteves told local television station KOIN. “There’s nothing new here.”
The group has partnered with over 30 area churches to present its evangelical outreach to youth in Portland.
“We do teach about sin,” Esteves stated, “[But] we’re not nasty. We’re not high pressure. We’re not negative, but we teach what the Bible teaches that every human being is a sinner in need of a savior.”
Reporters observed the group in action on Wednesday, singing John 3:16 with the children in attendance, which reads, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
They are both quick reads and they are very contradictory right? The second link utilizes the word study that we like, but it is the position that I don't agree with.
The world of academia claims to be all about promoting intellectual curiosity, research, thinking outside the box and the freedom to question the norm. If you believe that you are naïve to say the least.
When I attended Arizona State University back in the 1970s, I questioned many evolutionary teachings. I challenged professors to prove what they were saying was actual science and not their personal presuppositional views on the origins of life. More than one professor threatened me with an automatic failing grade if I didn’t shut up.
A friend of mine received his Ph.D. in geology from a leading secular university. After graduating with his degree, they discovered that he was a young earth creationist and tried to revoke his degree. Another friend of mine was attending the University of Kentucky as a geology major and heard a professor, who also happened to be his adviser, tell the class that if anyone believed in biblical creation they would fail his course and would not be allowed to graduate with a degree in geology.
These are just a very few of the many instances that I’m aware of where a Christian who believes in young earth creation, as the Bible clearly teaches, has been discriminated against and persecuted by the mainstream world academia.
It saddens me to report that another friend of mine has been discriminated against by the university he worked for. Mark Armitage and I met in graduate school and we have been friends ever since. Mark is a scientist and a microscopist who has worked with electron microscopes for over 30 years. He has published numerous scientific articles that have been published in a variety of journals.
Mark had been working at California State University at Northridge (CSUN). While at a dinosaur dig at Hell Creek in Montana, he discovered the largest triceratops horn ever found at Hell Creek. Back at the lab, Mark was examining the horn under one of his high-powered microscopes when he discovered soft tissue.
Finding soft tissue in any dinosaur fossil is always newsworthy and always presents great problems for evolutionists that are married to the idea that dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago. You have to ask yourself how can soft tissue exist for millions of years.
The find does support the creationist views that dinosaurs were created by God on Day 6 of Creation, along with man just over 6,000 years ago. Most of the dinosaurs died out during the Genesis Flood which occurred about 4,360 years ago. The flood would have covered the entire earth with massive layers of sedimentary rock which is exactly what we find.
Shortly after Mark’s amazing discover, a university official at CSUN began shouting at him telling him:
“We are not going to tolerate your religion in this department!”
Notwithstanding this confrontation, Mark was able to publish his findings. Not long after the findings were published, Mark was let go by the university. They claimed that his appointment had only been temporary and that funding for his position had run out. The ironic twist to this is that Mark had documents and was previously told the opposite by other university officials.
Mark firmly believes that CSUN fired him because of his biblical creationist views and has filed a lawsuit against the university with the help of the Pacific Justice Institute. Brad Dacus, President of PJI stated:
“Terminating an employee because of their religious views is completely inappropriate and illegal, but doing so in an attempt to silence scientific speech at a public university is even more alarming. This should be a wakeup call and warning to the entire world of academia.”
Michael Peffer, a staff attorney with PJI added:
“It has become apparent that ‘diversity’ and ‘intellectual curiosity,’ so often touted as hallmarks of a university education, do not apply to those with a religious point of view. This suit was filed, in part, to vindicate those ideals.”
This is another case where evolutionists cannot tolerate the idea that a scientist would actually question the tenets of evolution. They don’t care about the real science and what the facts reveal. All they care about is defending their religious views on the origins of life.
I’ve studied biology for over 40 years and the facts don’t add up to support the theory or religion of evolution. But the world of academia won’t admit it because if they did, that means that there really is a Creator God who they are ultimately responsible to. That idea scares them to death and eternal death is exactly where it will lead them to.
Join in praying for Mark Armitage’s lawsuit against California State University at Northridge and that he is re-instated at his job. Mark is a good scientist and his work is sound. If you want to show your support to Mark, contact the Pacific Justice Institute.
Read more at http://lastresistance.com/6600/scientist...
Read more at http://lastresistance.com/6600/scientist...
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