IRS Caught on Tape

By Todd Starnes at Fox News

An Internal Revenue Service agent was recorded on audiotape telling a pro-life organization that they had to remain neutral on the issue of abortion and lectured the group’s president about forcing its religious beliefs on others.

“You have to know your boundaries,” IRS agent Sherry Wan can be heard telling Ania Joseph, president of the Pro-Life Revolution. “You have to know your limits. You have to respect other people’s beliefs.”

The Alliance Defending Freedom said Joseph recorded the March 8, 2012 conversation during a two-year battle with the IRS to obtain tax-exempt status.

“You have the religious freedom; the freedom of speech,” Wan told the pro-life president. “And other people also have the civil rights; human rights. You cannot, you know, use your religious belief to tell other people you don’t have a belief. So I don’t believe you need the right to do this.”

ADF attorney Erik Stanley said the actions of the IRS are simply unconstitutional. Read entire article…

IRS Caught on Tape from ADF Media Relations on Vimeo.

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IRS Tries to Trap Iowa Groups

pplogoIn a story that keeps getting deeper and deeper, the IRS investigations continue, and are now dovetailing with the abortion giant, Planned Parenthood.

As The Examiner reported: “During a House Ways and Means Committee hearing today, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., grilled outgoing IRS commissioner Steven Miller about the IRS targeting a pro-life group in Iowa.

“Their question, specifically asked from the IRS to the Coalition for Life of Iowa: ‘Please detail the content of the members of your organization’s prayers.’”

In a Des Moines Register blog post, the Coalition for Life of Iowa was also featured, and CFLI President Sue Martinek said, ““We were singled out,” she said of the IRS inquiry. “The only action they seemed concerned about was our protests at Planned Parenthood, and that shouldn’t concern the IRS.”

lifesignsShe’s right. In fact, the IRS went even further and insisted that all board members sign a sworn declaration promising not to picket/protest Planned Parenthood.

But like a bad late-night infomercial, “There’s more!”

KCCI-TV in Des Moines reported that the Tea Party of America, based in Iowa and founded by Ken Crow, were also targets of the extreme Left IRS tactics.

It’s getting so bad that Iowa Representative Chip Baltimore stated in a Des Moines Register blog post he wants to collect all cases that may still be out there, and promises to give support for anyone who suspects they may have been harassed by the IRS.

rubiofoxIn an on-camera interview with Fox News, Senator Marco Rubio, (R-FL) accurately describes all that is going on with the IRS and points the responsibility to the Obama Administration, saying that Obama is creating a “culture of intimidation.”

FRC logoAnd, as the Family Research Council said in their Thursday email entitled “A Torrent of Tyrants”:

While the President tries to contain the IRS scandal by firing the acting chief, new details are trickling out about the administration’s ideological harassment. According to the Washington Examiner, the corruption went straight to the top, as even the President’s pals seemed to have power over which groups were approved for tax-exempt status. In one instance, even Planned Parenthood seemed to hold sway in the application of Coalition for Life of Iowa. The IRS specifically withheld approval until the Coalition sent a letter “with the entire board’s signatures, stating that, under perjury of the law, they do not picket/protest outside of Planned Parenthood.” The IRS explained that only when they received that letter would their application be approved.

If that isn’t government tyranny, I don’t know what is. The administration was actually withholding the group’s nonprofit status until it surrendered its constitutional rights to peacefully assemble. It’s almost Orwellian, the extent to which the IRS was willing to go to control people’s thoughts and actions. And obviously, this goes well beyond the tea party to a direct assault on pro-family, pro-life conservatives. So it comes as cold comfort to our movement that the Justice Department–which has its own vendetta against pro-life groups–is heading up the IRS’s criminal investigation. Under President Obama, the DOJ has relentlessly targeted pro-lifers with frivolous lawsuits, which judges have consistently rebuked for their “chilling effect on free speech.” Forgive us for being skeptical that the DOJ could put its agenda aside long enough to prosecute this wrongdoing!

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Culture of Intimidation?

By Bob Vander Plaats –

In the video below, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sums up the tactics and the goals of the left exceptionally well. We have all heard the horror stories of when the IRS showed up at someone’s door to close their business, seize their records, or usher them out of their homes. In recent days, it turns out there is good reason for fear of the IRS — especially if you’re a conservative who disagrees with the views of the Left and their agenda.

We’ve often stated that the Left preaches tolerance but is completely intolerant when another viewpoint is offered.  The disturbing revelations of the IRS targeting conservative groups similar in beliefs and philosophy to The FAMiLY LEADER sends a chilling message to all Americans. While it is true we don’t agree with many voices articulating an agenda completely opposed to our mission of, “Strengthening families…,” please know we recognize and validate the Left’s right and freedom to have a voice.

It has become apparent the IRS and the apparatus they are taking their lead from, disagree.  In their minds, demonstrated by their actions, only their voice gets to be heard.  Believe me, we will fight this…expose this…and do our best to defeat this!

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