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NRB Stands Up For Ministries Targeted By IRS

Following a Treasury Inspector General’s report of “inappropriate” targeting of conservative organizations by the IRS, revelations of targeting of Christian ministries soon came to light.  Notably, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Family Talk Action, and Samaritan’s Purse, all NRB member organizations, have reported suspicious questioning from IRS agents. 

NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright was greatly concerned. "Pernicious targeting of faith-based organizations by any state actor must not be tolerated," he wrote to Congressional leaders.

Earlier this year, the NRB Board of Directors unanimously approved a Resolution urging Congress to be wary of “IRS rules that would negatively impact religious non-profit organizations, or which would create entangling, or oppressive oversight from the government, or that would impair the constitutional autonomy of religious organizations or churches.” 

"These IRS cases before the nation today appear to be just such entangling, oppressive, and constitutionally unsound situations that must be protected against," continued Dr. Wright in his letters to House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

  • Find NRB’s letter to Congressional leaders in defense of ministries’ First Amendment rights, and the related NRB Board of Directors’ Resolution
  • Read the concerns of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, as well as the concerns of Family Talk Action.
  • Find the Treasury Inspector General’s report on IRS targeting.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: May 17, 2013

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