You might think that the idea of separation between church and state goes both ways; that is, if the church must stay out of government, shouldn’t government have to stay out of churches?
That would be a reasonable assumption, and it is one that has generally held true throughout American history, but the Biden Administration is showing that it thinks differently.
How so? Well, a Texas bible study group, Christians Engaged, was blocked from becoming a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization by the IRS, which told the Bible study group “You do not qualify as an organization described in IRS Section 501(c)(3). You engage in prohibited political campaign intervention.” The letter containing that statement was sent by Stephen A. Martin, the director of the IRS Office of Exempt Organizations Rulings and Agreements.
And what was Martin’s justification for denying them tax-exempt status? Why did he claim that they engaged in “prohibited political campaign intervention?”
Well, Martin effectively claimed that Christianity and the Bible are meant to benefit the GOP. Here’s what he said in the letter:
“You are also not operated exclusively for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3), because you operate for a substantial non-exempt private purpose and for the private interests of the D party…
…The Bible teachings are typically affiliated with the D party and candidates. This disqualifies you from exemption under IRS Section 501(c)(3).”
According to a legend included at the top of the letter, “the D party” means the Republican party.
According to the Epoch Times, the group does not engage in political behavior. Rather, it “encourages church members to pray for state and national leaders, regardless of their party affiliation.”
By: Gen Z Conservative.