Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Free Speech - Not Free

Election day. We should be celebrating, but there is something amiss.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the IRS is investigating a liberal church and has treatened to revoke its "tax free status" for a pre-election sermon that was anti-Bush in tone.

"The IRS threat to revoke the tax-exempt status of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena because of an antiwar sermon there during the 2004 presidential election is part of a larger, controversial federal investigation of political activity at churches and nonprofit groups.

Over the last year, the Internal Revenue Service has looked at more than 100 tax-exempt organizations across the country for allegations of promoting — either explicitly or implicitly — candidates on both ends of the political spectrum, according to the IRS. None have lost their nonprofit status, though investigations continue into about 60 of those."

How many of these investigations relate to radical right wing churches that support George Bush and his failed policies?