Christian Coalition Loses in Court
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The IRS has determined that the Christian Coalition (CC) is a political
organization, rather than the religious one they have claimed to be. This
has resulted in the revocation of their tax-exempt status.
The St. Petersburg (FL) Times reports in "IRS Denies Christian Coalition
Bid" that the IRS decision was actually made last year, but not made public
during the appeals process. Recently notified that they would lose the
appeal, the Christian Coalition (CC) withdrew it. According to CC
officials, it is estimated that losing the tax benefits of a nonprofit
religious organization means that "the organization will owe the IRS between
$300,000 and $400,000 in back taxes."
According to this article found at
http://wire.ap.org/?SLUG=CHRISTIAN%2dCOALITION, organization president
Pat Robertson said the "Christian Coalition of America will continue to be a
force in American politics and will remain a prominent fixture on the
political landscape as the nation's number one pro-family, pro-life
the Washington (DC) Post adds to this news with their article, "IRS Denies
Christian Coalition Tax-Exempt Status".
The Post reports that the revocation of the CC�s status "is virtually
certain to make conservative pastors, concerned about risking their
charitable status, reluctant to maintain their close ties to the
Christian Coalition, and less willing to distribute its controversial
voter guides and other material, according to supporters and critics of the
According to the CC, they will re-organize as Christian Coalition
International, a move which means, according to a tax specialist, that they
doing the exact same things which led to the disqualification of the CC�s
claim of tax-exempt status.
Arne Owens, who was communications director for the coalition until last
fall, "This will be a surprise to all the people who believed the
Christian Coalition was what it said it was, those conservative
Christians who thought it was above back-room wheeling and dealing."
In today�s syndicated broadcast of The 700 Club, nothing was mentioned
about the IRS decision. Instead, the events in Kosovo and a study by
the American Psychological Association on intergenerational sex were
reported on. The APA segment reflected an item found on the CC�s home
page (http://www.cc.org/). Additional segments were on "huffing" among
teenagers and a woman who described herself as "addicted: to food. Pat
Robertson's presence occurred only in a sequence in which he lectured on the
As of 10 AM on June 11, nothing on this legal failure was found on the
700 Club (http://www.cbnnow.com/the700club/) nor on the CBN
Robertson�s American Center for Law and Justice represented the CC. Their
website, http://www.aclj.org/, is also silent on this defeat. Instead, they
provide on their top page a link titled "SPECIAL BULLETIN! Churches, Free
Speech and the Regulations of the IRS Regarding Elections". This is a
lengthy, legal-looking document about their interpretation of the legal
rights of churches to be involved in political activity.
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