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  • The Scriptorium

    11/19/2014

    Church Leaders Alarmed That IRS Agents Could Pose as Clergy to Access Privileged Information

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:00 am

    So much for separation of church and state that the liberals normally throw fits about. This kind of intrusion is exactly what Jefferson was referring to when he wrote to the Danbury Baptists. He assured them the government wouldn’t mettle in church affairs. This never would have happened before the courts turned Jefferson’s words inside out and sideways, until the letter was taken to mean exactly the opposite of what Jefferson intended. And, the IRS is just flat out of control. They need to be reigned in and put back in their place.

    Church leaders are upset after a recent article in The New York Times revealed that the Internal Revenue Service can use undercover agents disguised as members of the clergy as a means to gather privileged information.

    Following the Times’ report last weekend that over 40 federal agencies use undercover agents disguised as attorneys, doctors, news media and other positions to gain access to privileged information, church leaders are appalled to find out that IRS agents are also allowed to pose as clergy, even though the agency doesn’t have a crime-fighting function that warrants such a use of undercover tactics.

    In a Tuesday interview with The Christian Post, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, Rev. Patrick Mahoney, said he thinks it’s an “absolute disgrace” that the IRS is allowed use undercover agents disguised as clergy. He added that he couldn’t think of any justifiable reasons as to why the agency should be allowed to disguise agents as clergy.

    “It is an absolute disgrace that IRS undercover agents can pose as members of the clergy. It is the role of government to protect religious freedom and the first amendment, and not to use it to gather information and spy on American citizens,” Mahoney said. “One has to ask why is the IRS using undercover agents to gather information posing as clergy. Why is this even part of their mandate? What does the IRS have to do with this?”

    Mahoney and fellow church leaders that he’s spoken with in the days since the Times’ article was published have expressed concern that the IRS could possibly use undercover investigators disguised as clergy to help enforce the HHS’ mandate that requires group and employer health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs, thus forcing churches and other faith-based organizations to act against their beliefs…..

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