Exposed: Biden Makes His Move – Targets Christians

A Christian non-profit challenges the Internal Revenue Service after the agency denied its tax-exempt status. The IRS claimed, “the Bible’s teachings are typically affiliated with the Republican Party and candidates.”

Christians Engaged operates out of Garland, Texas, describes itself as educational, Christian, and non-partisan. The groups expressed its three main goals:

To awaken, motivate, and empower ordinary believers in Jesus Christ to: pray for our nation and our elected officials regularly, vote in every election to impact our culture, and engage our hearts in some forms of political education or activism for the furtherance of our nation.

The non-profit group works to show Christians how to “civically engage as part of their religious practice.” Still, no specific parties or candidates are promoted, and there is no earn money for political causes, according to the organization’s appeal letter to the IRS.

The non-profit first applied to become a 501 (c)(3) in late 2019. However, they received a rejection letter on May 18, 2021, from Exempt Organizations Director Stephen A. Martin, saying the group “engage[s] in prohibited political campaign intervention” and “operate[s] for a substantial non-exempt private purpose and for the private interests of the [Republican] party.”

In his letter, Martin alleged the group does not meet the requirements for tax exemption because biblical causes tend to favor the Republican Party:

Specifically, you educate Christians on what the Bible says in areas where they can be instrumental, including the areas of sanctity of life, the definition of marriage, biblical justice, freedom of speech, defense, and borders and immigration, U.S. and Israel relations. The Bible teachings are typically affiliated with the [Republican Party] and candidates. This disqualifies you from exemption under IRC Section 501(c)(3).

Christians Engaged is represented by the First Liberty Institute who has sent an appeal letter to the IRS on June 16, stating Martin’s decision mischaracterizes the nature of the non-profit and infringes on first amendment liberties.

“From its religious perspective, Christians Engaged provides nonpartisan religious and civic education, focusing on encouraging and educating Christians to be civically engaged as a part of their religious practice,” according to the appeal letter.

Lea Patterson, counsel with First Liberty Institue, said the IRS is discriminating based on religion.

“If the IRS going forward thinks that Bible teaching is Republican-affiliated, then that could endanger the tax-exempt status of many religious organizations — including potentially churches, which obviously teach the Bible with some frequency,” Patterson told Breitbart News on Saturday.

The IRS denial letter pointed out that the organization’s leadership has been heavily involved in other Republican organizations in the past. However, the affiliations are separate and do not tie with Christians Engaged. President Bunni Pounds is a former congressional candidate, 15-year political consultant, and motivational speaker. Vice President Trayce Bradford is the former president of Texas Eagle Forum – a statewide pro-family advocacy group, former prayer leader, and organizer for Promise Keepers.

We just want to encourage more people to vote and participate in the political process. How can anyone be against that?” Pounds said in a release.

Patterson pointed out that the IRS has approved 501(c)(3) status for several other organizations that behave almost identically to Christians Engaged in the appeal letter. For example, the non-profit started by Michelle Obama called Civic Nation was mentioned; its initiative “When We All Vote” says its mission is:

[T]o change the culture around voting and to increase participation in each and every election by helping to close the race and age gap. Created by Michelle Obama, When We All Vote brings together individuals, institutions, brands, and organizations to register new voters across the country and advance civic education for the entire family and voters of every age to build an informed and engaged electorate for today and generations to come. We empower our supporters and volunteers to take action through voting, advocating for their rights, and holding their elected officials accountable.

“Denying tax-exempt status for Christians Engaged while recognizing the exempt status of other organizations who encourage civic engagement from different viewpoints demonstrates the IRS’s impermissible viewpoint discrimination,” Patterson said in the appeal letter.

Patterson accuses Martin of not following protocol in the assumption that Christian values belong to one political party.

“The IRS states in an official letter that Biblical values are exclusively Republican. That might be news to President Biden, who is often described as basing his political ideology on his religious beliefs,” Patterson said.

Christians Engages has no choice but waits while the IRS goes through its official internal administrative appeal process. Patterson said that if they are denied again, the IRS and Christians Engaged could end up in federal court.

“Our client’s hope is that they get approved and recognized as a 501(c)(3),” she said.

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