A New York Times front-page story shared that IRS rules allow that “an undercover employee or cooperating private individual may pose as an attorney, physician, clergyman or member of the news media.”
The New York Times also goes on to state that the IRS allows much more “latitude” than other federal agencies in gathering information.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, states:
“It is troubling and an outrage that members of the IRS can pose as members of the clergy to gather information for the government. The First Amendment and the foundational principles of religious freedom that have long been embraced and honored by our nation are being trampled by these rules.
“The church and faith community are now being faced with the reality that the government is sending IRS agents pretending to be members of the clergy into Christian meetings, gatherings and services for the distinct purpose of the government “spying” on them. Also, American citizens must confront the fact that when they share their concerns with a member of the clergy, they may be talking to an IRS agent.
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SOURCE: Christian Newswire