Friday, February 17, 2012

Religious Liberty - #3663- David Barton Reveals the Sly Move Harry Reid Pulled to Stand Against the Blunt Amendment on the Conscience Protection - The Blaze (2) Claim: IRS Won't Grant Richmond Tea Party Tax Exempt Status - Update - Weekly Standard

During Glenn Beck’s radio broadcast Thursday, David Barton spoke with Pat and Stu about the recent string of attacks on religious freedom perpetuated by the Obama administration. Barton discussed Harry Reid’s tactics to keep the Blunt Conscience Protection Amendment out of the latest legislation, and even made note of the impact Beck fans have had in helping push back these attacks on faith.  According to Barton, the phones on Capitol Hill were “lit up” after Beck launched his “We are all Catholics now” movement on Wednesday, which asked people of all faiths to call their senators and encourage them to vote for the Blunt Conscience Protection Amendment to the transportation bill. That amendment would protect consciousness objectors from being forced to take part in aspects of Obamacare.  In fact, the movement worked so well it forced Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to take a different “tactic.”  In short, Harry Reid was able to remove the amendment from the bill so that the senators couldn’t vote on it. How? In a very sly way: since you can’t take specific amendments out of bills in the Senate, Reid jammed the bill full of so many other amendments that the Blunt amendment didn’t “fit,” so to speak.  “He just filled it up with anything he could think of,” Barton explained. “He’s basically taken over all the time, and what it means as a result is that they’re going to have a cloture vote on all of his amendments that have come up … and if they can get 60 votes on Friday then it’s not going to happen, they‘ve killed Blunt’s amendment.”  Read more..........

Claim: IRS Won't Grant Richmond Tea Party Tax Exempt Status - Update - Weekly Standard - The Richmond Tea Party group is blasting the IRS for allegedly failing to grant tax exempt status to the pro-limited government organization. “The Internal Revenue Service has served Richmond Tea Party (RTP) with unreasonable requests to obtain a tax-exempt status, fitting the pattern of the Federal Government’s forcing liberty groups to spend inordinate time and money complying with their demands during this critical 2012 election year,” RTP claims in a press release.  According to the Richmond Tea Party, here’s the process that led to the “unreasonable documentation requests” from the IRS:  On December 28, 2009, RTP applied to become a 501(c)(4) organization. After nearly ten months, the IRS finally responded with a letter (dated September 17, 2010), requesting detailed documentation to satisfy 17 questions, giving RTP only a two-week window in which to finish. (As the response was curiously due on the opening day of the inaugural Virginia Tea Party Convention, for which RTP was a central organizer, we requested and received a two-week extension.) We fully complied, providing over 500 pages of documentation. We received no response for over a year. Eventually the IRS sent a letter dated January 9, 2012, thanking us for our “complete and thorough responses” from the first request, but then asking us to answer 12 additional questions in 53 separate parts, including the totally inappropriate request for a full list of our donors and volunteers. We were given the same two-week timeframe for completion. It should be noted that this most recent letter was issued on the same day that the IRS issued a new 45-section bulletin regarding applications for tax-exempt status.  The IRS did not immediately respond to THE WEEKLY STANDARD’s request for comment.  Read more........

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