The tyrants at the IRS are no strangers to attacking peaceful people who haven’t violated the rights of others. If anything, that’s literally the job description. The IRS wasn’t necessary for over 100 years of American government. It was only created when the government exploded in size and scope.
That the IRS is used to prop up a tyrannical government explains why it has a history of being used to attack people who challenge the state. Libertarians, conservatives, the Tea Party, and religious organizations have all experienced harassment and persecution in the past.
For example, two pro-life groups, “Coalition for Life” and “Christian Voices for Life”, in 2009 were informed by the IRS that they weren’t to be allowed to protest or picket abortion “clinics”. Then, they were asked about their prayer meetings — they were informed that they must provide information about how much they prayed, what they prayed about, and other details about their religious choices.
Here’s a direct quotation from the letter the pro-life group received from the IRS:
“Please explain how all of your activities, including the prayer meetings held outside of Planned Parenthood, are considered educational as defined under 501(c)(3)… Organizations exempt under 501(c)(3) may present opinions with scientific or medical facts. Please explain in detail the activities at these prayer meetings. Also, please provide the percentage of time your organization spends on prayer groups as compared with the other activities of the organization.”
The above is only part of the story. They were also told that they wouldn’t be able to stage protests at Planned Parenthood abortion facilities. From the Christian Post:
“In June 2009, an agent from the IRS office in Cincinnati, Ohio, asked Coalition For Life of Iowa to ‘send in a letter with the entire board’s signatures stating that under perjury of the law we would not picket/protest or organize groups to picket/protest outside of Planned Parenthood,’ the pro-life group said in a statement Friday.”
This wasn’t an isolated political attack. A journalist was ferociously targeted after questioning Obama. Tea Party groups were halted for two full years before the election. The IRS tried to rig the election. And the White House knew what was happening.
This isn’t the first time the Obama administration has attacked people over religious liberty. Remember, Hobby Lobby is a large corporation that could very well be fully destroyed — they’re refusing to cave on Obamacare, because they believe abortion is wrong, and refuse to subsidize it.
They already pay for their eligible employees’ insurance. They just refuse to give up on abortion. It’s about their ability to serve God as they see fit. They’ve made it clear… they’re willing to go bankrupt before caving on their integrity.
This is a culture of corruption in an empire of tyranny. The solution should be obvious, and it’s something Capitalism Institute will cover more going forward: it’s time to talk about abolishing the IRS forever.
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