IRS decision looms: Silence the Christians
February 18, 2014
Time is running out for Christians to file their objection to IRS plans to restrict Christian and other conservative non-profit groups from distributing voter guides and legislative scorecards, holding get-out-the-vote campaigns and even voter registration activities.
The IRS is proposing regulations that will give them the authority to invent rules that could ultimately shut down conservative organizations like AFA, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America and the Tea Party.
Submit your comment to the IRS now! Deadline to comment is February 27, don't delay!
American Family Association General Counsel Patrick Vaughn says, "The proposed regulations are consistent with the IRS' scandalous suppression of Tea Party applications for tax exemption. The IRS seems to have decided that it may have to process Tea Party applications, but it can render the organizations impotent." Read Mr. Vaughn's summary of the regulations here.
If this policy is adopted, groups like your AFA would no longer be able to distribute voter guides, promote voter registration, report voting records of elected officials, or even mention the names of candidates who are running for election.
Eventually, these rules could filter down to churches, simply at the whim of the IRS, basically silencing conservatives and Christians for exercising their patriotic and civic freedoms.
The IRS is taking public comments about its proposal. Make sure your voice is heard!
AFA has prepared a sample letter for you to submit to the IRS, urging them to reject regulations that would suppress the freedom of speech during election periods.
Please take a moment to copy and paste the sample letter (or create your own) to the IRS comment form at this site: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=IRS-2013-0038-0001
I urge the IRS to reject proposed regulations found in REG-134417-13. It would restrict good citizenship by redefining all voter registration, non-partisan voter guides, legislative records, candidate debates or forums, get-out-the-vote reminders, even the mention of any issue that has been raised by a candidate as regulated political activity.
In addition, the proposed regulation will stifle the ability of non-profit groups to inform citizens about the Administration's judicial and political appointment by redefining those nominees as political candidates. This provision of the proposal has nothing to do with accountability for election spending. It will however reduce the Administration's accountability to the public. Citizens have the right to hear more than the Administration's line regarding what philosophies, policies, agendas political appointees represent.
Most concerning, REG-134417-13 gives the appearance that the IRS is trying to adopt regulations to achieve the same goals that motivated it to hold-up granting the applications of conservative organizations and launch intrusive investigations of Tea Party applicants.