Atheist group can sue IRS over enforcement of pulpit politicking; _ aka FFRF\

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(RNS) A federal judge has ruled that the Freedom from Religion Foundation may continue its lawsuit over whether the Internal Revenue Service enforces a ban on the political activity of tax-exempt religious groups.

FFRF, a Wisconsin-based group for atheists and agnostics, filed a lawsuit after the 2012 elections, arguing that a lack of IRS enforcement was unfair. The IRS filed a motion to dismiss the case, saying taxpayers often do not have standing to sue other taxpayers.

On Monday (Aug. 19), U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman in Wisconsin denied the motion, writing that FFRF “has standing to seek an order requiring the IRS to treat religious organizations no more favorably than it treats the Foundation.”

Since 1954, the IRS has prohibited tax-exempt groups, such as churches, from political activism on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate. The lawsuit puts FFRF in a similar camp with conservative groups challenging the IRS. However, FFRF wants to strengthen the ban on politicking while others want the ban lifted.

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Hooboy!  Could it finally be that the business of separating church and state as it comes to political campaigning is FINALLY going to get some TEETH?!?  Oh, I'd give a LOT to see that happen!

If this actually does happen, it will have to get by the federal district court, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court. Now, IF that happens, watch the fundies scream "sctivist judges" at the top of their lungs. We certainly know it won't come from the legislative or executive branches.  They're the ones benefiting from the church's intervention in politics.




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