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Petitioning Director Exempt Organizations Division IRS Lois G. Lerner

Investigate violations of federal tax law by Pastor Charles L. Worley


To Lois Lerner and others whom this may concern: 

Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C. used the pulpit to influence his congregation to vote against President Barack Obama and referred to him as a "baby killer and homosexual lover" with the intention of inciting hate. An IRS investigation is called for regarding Providence Road Baptist Church's eligibility as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization because the use of the pulpit for Political purposes is strictly forbidden by IRS tax code if the church has 501(c)(3) (tax exempt) status. 

Pastor Worley also called for the confinement of lesbians, "queers and homosexuals" behind electrified fences where they should be allowed to die off. While the words of Pastor Worley about the mass murder of a group of people were incendiary, they were arguably within his first amendment rights. However, when he said, "Who ya gonna vote for?’ I ain’t gonna vote for a baby killer and a homosexual lover. You said, ‘Did you mean to say that?’ You better believe I did," he was in violation of federal tax law which expressly forbids "Political Campaign Intervention by 501(c)(3) Organizations."  

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State sent a letter to Lois Lerner requesting an investigation of the matter, which can be read here: http://www.au.org/files/pdf_documents/providence%20road%20letterhead%20version%2C%205.23.12.pdf 

This petition is designed to show popular support for any action taken against this man or his organization by the IRS or any other branch of the federal government, and any action taken on a local or state level. We would like to encourage all governments to take an active and diligent stand against campaign manipulation by those who would do so while receiving a "free ride" from the government. We feel that this is a nonpartisan issue, as we are sure that no one likes to see their party or candidate slandered by the opposition, especially when they are perceived as having roles of authority, and especially when they are acting outside of the law.

 

The following is taken directly from the IRS's website:

http://www.irs.gov/charities/charitable/article/0,,id=179442,00.html 

 

Doesn’t the First Amendment grant an individual the right to express his or her political beliefs?

The ban on political campaign activity does not restrict leaders of organizations from expressing their views on political matters if they are speaking for themselves as individuals.   Nor are leaders prohibited from speaking about important issues of public policy.  However, for their organizations to remain tax exempt under section 501(c)(3), leaders cannot make partisan comments in official organization publications or at official functions of the organization.

 

For example, a minister of a church can attend an event for a particular candidate and express his support of the candidate as long as he does not state or otherwise imply that he is speaking on behalf of his church.  However, if a minister made the same statement at an official church function or in an official church publication, that statement would be prohibited political campaign activity.

Letter to
Director Exempt Organizations Division IRS Lois G. Lerner
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Lois G. Lerner, Director Exempt Organizations Division IRS.

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Investigate violations of federal tax law by Pastor Charles L. Worley

Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C. used the pulpit to influence his congregation to vote against President Barack Obama and referred to him as a "baby killer and homosexual lover" with the intention of inciting hate. An IRS investigation is called for regarding Providence Road Baptist Church's eligibility as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization because the use of the pulpit for Political purposes is strictly forbidden by IRS tax code if the church has 501(c)(3) (tax exempt) status.

Pastor Worley also called for the confinement of lesbians, "queers and homosexuals" behind electrified fences where they should be allowed to die off. While the words of Pastor Worley about the mass murder of a group of people were incendiary, they were arguably within his first amendment rights. However, when he said, "Who ya gonna vote for?’ I ain’t gonna vote for a baby killer and a homosexual lover. You said, ‘Did you mean to say that?’ You better believe I did," he was in violation of federal tax law which expressly forbids "Political Campaign Intervention by 501(c)(3) Organizations."

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State sent a letter to Lois Lerner requesting an investigation of the matter, (It can be read here: http://www.au.org/files/pdf_documents/providence%20road%20letterhead%20version%2C%205.23.12.pdf )

This petition is designed to show popular support for any action taken against this man or his organization by the IRS or any other branch of the federal government, and any action taken on a local or state level. We would like to encourage all governments to take an active and diligent stand against campaign manipulation by those who would do so while receiving a "free ride" from the government. We feel that this is a nonpartisan issue, as we are sure that no one likes to see their party or candidate slandered by the opposition, especially when they are perceived as having roles of authority, and especially when they are acting outside of the law.

The following is taken directly from the IRS's website:
http://www.irs.gov/charities/charitable/article/0,,id=179442,00.html

Doesn’t the First Amendment grant an individual the right to express his or her political beliefs?

The ban on political campaign activity does not restrict leaders of organizations from expressing their views on political matters if they are speaking for themselves as individuals. Nor are leaders prohibited from speaking about important issues of public policy. However, for their organizations to remain tax exempt under section 501(c)(3), leaders cannot make partisan comments in official organization publications or at official functions of the organization.

For example, a minister of a church can attend an event for a particular candidate and express his support of the candidate as long as he does not state or otherwise imply that he is speaking on behalf of his church. However, if a minister made the same statement at an official church function or in an official church publication, that statement would be prohibited political campaign activity.
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Sincerely,