IRS tells ministry: You can’t talk about that…”Hear federal agent say ‘You have to know your boundaries'”

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
By Paul Martin

June 11, 2013

An audio recording captures an Internal Revenue Service agent stumbling and hesitating her way through a telephone call in which she tells a leader of a pro-life group that her organization must keep its religious beliefs to itself.

The Alliance Defending Freedom said the group, Pro-Life Revolution, did not get its tax-exempt status until last week – nearly two and a half years after starting the process.

In the recorded conversation, IRS agent Sherry Wan tells Ania Joseph: “You cannot, you know, use your religious belief to tell other people you don’t have a belief, so I don’t believe you need the right to do this, start confrontation, protesting, uh, prot, uh, protest. … You don’t apply for tax exemption.”

ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley said the IRS “is a tax collector; it shouldn’t be allowed to be the speech and belief police.”

“The current scandal isn’t new but has merely exposed the abuse of power that characterizes this agency and threatens our fundamental freedoms,” he said.

Pro-Life Revolution, headquartered in Texas, said it operates for religious, educational and charitable purposes.

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