Tuesday, August 11, 2015

IRS makes the obvious official - Christians claim victory

Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt
Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt
Apparently that “bearing false witness” thing doesn't have much traction. People who understand the mechanics of 501(c)3 operations have been saying, with little doubt that Obergefell doesn't change anything. Parenthetically it should — but it doesn't due to the fact that neither sexual orientation nor sexual identity are protected by federal law.

Christians who actually run 501(c)3 non-profit organizations have been spreading fear (before and after the decision in Obergefell) that same-sex marriage threatens non-profit groups that do not support same-sex marriage. They have also been saying that same-sex marriage is a finger in God's eye, to blame for every natural disaster and the end of the world — which makes all of the other consequences, well … inconsequential. None of these things (including a revision in IRS rules or the world's end) is likely to happen.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt made an inquiry to the Internal Revenue Service. The Service has responded.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told the attorney general that it does not view the June 2015 Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges as “having changed the law applicable to Section 501(c)(3) determinations or examinations.”

“The IRS does not intend to change the standards that apply to section 501(c)(3) organizations by reason of the Obergefell decision,” Koskinen said.

According to Pruitt the statement is:
a victory for religious freedom in America and for the nonprofit charities, churches and religiously affiliated universities who feared they would be denied tax-exempt status by the IRS because their sincerely held religious beliefs prohibit them from participating in same-sex marriage.
Pruitt went on to say that his office will “trust but verify” the IRS and continue to monitor its actions to “ensure Americans aren’t targeted unfairly for exercising their religious beliefs.”

You get right on that Scott. While it is his responsibility, something tells me that he is not overly concerned about the equal protection and due process that Obergefell provides gay citizens and taxpayers. Perhaps we should make an inquiry about his willingness and duty to enforce the law — even in the very fucked up state of Oklahoma which, by the way, has the highest divorce rate in the United States.

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