HOME > NEWSROOM > ARTICLES > NRB Stands Up For Ministries Targeted By IRS

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

Latest News

House Attention to Low-Power, Satellite Television Legislation

NRB members with television ministries may be particularly interested in two happenings this week in the House of Representatives.

NRB Opposes Administration Intolerance

This week the President made good on his promise to LGBT activists to issue an ENDA-like Executive Order applying to federal contractors. Unfortunately, despite widespread concern and...

The Internet Road to Nowhere

Last week, in the detailed comment that NRB filed with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) on the issue of Internet regulation, this question was raised: What would it profit America to gain the world of digital innovation if, in the process, we end up losing our First Amendment soul?

Persecuted Sudanese Christian Mother Free

Aided by the Italian government, Meriam Ibrahim, her husband, and two young children successfully exited Sudan this week.

NRB 2015 Media Awards: Less Than 2 Weeks Left to Enter!

NRB is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Annual Media Awards and will be doing so until August 4, 2014. A longstanding hallmark of NRB, the awards program remains one of the association's most valued traditions.

Exhibit Space at the NRB15 Int’l Christian Media Convention Available Now! Get Yours Today!

Want to place your company or ministry in front of thousands of decision-makers in an ever-growing industry? Then consider exhibiting at NRB’s 2015 International Christian Media Convention.

Available Now: Your Organization's Own Private Lounge or Suite at the NRB 2015 Convention!

Need a temporary headquarters for your organization during the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention? Then a Hospitality Lounge is for you!

Christian Radio Veteran Barry Armstrong to Head Victory Radio Network

Longtime Christian radio leader and Spirit FM co-founder Barry Armstrong has been called out of retirement to lead Liberty University’s Victory Radio Network as General Manager.

Senate Democrats Try to Torpedo Hobby Lobby Ruling

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, had some choice words for Planned Parenthood and others working to radically undermine religious liberty in the Senate this week.

Congressman Calls Out FCC on Broadcast Indecency Enforcement

Congressman James Lankford (R-OK) put the FCC on notice that he was displeased with the Commission’s enforcement against indecency on the broadcast airwaves.

More News