(RNS) — An atheist relief organization has sued the Internal Revenue Service, claiming its tax-exempt status was unfairly revoked.
IRS officials say the group failed to file required annual information to the agency for three years.
But the group’s leaders say churches do the same thing all the time and are never penalized.
Nonbelief Relief, the charitable arm of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, filed a complaint Thursday (Oct. 11) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, after its tax-exempt status was automatically revoked.
The Aug. 20 IRS revocation notice said the relief organization failed to file an “information return” — known as a Form 990 — for three consecutive years.
In its complaint, the charity said it “objects to having to file Form 990 while churches and church-related organizations do not.”
Annie Laurie Gaylor, president of the charity and FFRF co-president, said the suit is “part and parcel” of an ongoing legal strategy of the Wisconsin-based atheist group that has challenged an “IRS code that uniquely advantages religion over nonreligion.”
Gaylor said Nonbelief Relief, which has supported groups such as Doctors Without Borders and provided scholarships to a camp program for atheists, informed the IRS when it sought tax-exempt status in 2015 that it would not be filing the usual 990s that many charities submit.
“We knew that there would be consequences, most likely,” she told Religion News Service the day before the complaint was filed. “We’re just doing the same thing that churches do, and church-related groups, and they do not lose their tax exemption for not filing, so why should we?”
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Good on the Freedom from Religion group. Lets face it, there are few people of faith who ever care to question these kind of things
Not even so called “real” Christian will bother to
Those real Christian don’t lose any of their own sleep, either ,when cashed-up cults and closed fundamentalist faith groups are actively involved in suing people. Or are involved in harassing women and causing them to become extremely unwell
No they don’t lose any of their own sleep
They also say nothing ,sit back ,and in effect help dilver these cult and fundamentalist harmful faith groups, right of “free rein” to run riot and continue “to act” in the same way like what pawns do, in a game of chess . (IE: while the pawns are seen to be standing strong, then the rest can also still continue just rest-real-easy in a most blissfully peaceful mannerism)
Cults and closed fundamentalist groups help to create a buffer, buffer that in turn then add a “shelter” for any real Christian to also be able to hide behind (the cults “soak up” the spot light, same way like what pawns will also do too in a game of chess)
Those real Christian ,have more concern for the financial health of their own church coffer, don’t they, than they’ll ever have any real concern for “harm being done” in the name of God
Finance and power, remains their main concern
Most didn’t even care to “say a word”, either, even when the Catholic Church was blatantly constantly involved in “stalling” on situation of attending to sex abuse
Few real Christian “spoke out about it” going on
Most Christian didn’t even be observed to say a word about the Catholic sex abuse, “until after” the abuses were already finally being attended to.
Never said anything much until “afterwards”
None of them
And then their main concern then too,was more in connection to how disgraceful it had gone and made Christianity to look like
Plenty of concern for how “Christianity looks”
No real concern for the people who had in fact been forced to need to “struggle” and fight so as to try to see justice done
No “great concern” for them
No real great concern in regard to that disgrace? (or even any concern of their own part, in sitting back and therefore allowing it to be slow coming ,and a struggle hard fought for)
No real concern in that regard
Non of these Christian showed any concern in regard to how their “own” irresponsible lack of concern ,has in turn then made Christianity look bad too?
Few even bothered to “bat and eyelid” over that thought
No sleep lost
They remain oblivious to how utterly disgusting their own “lack of concern” really is (Hint: its even more disgusting than what the actual abuse itself, actually is)
These twats still believe that they’ll be ones who’ll end up rewarded in heaven too ?
I figure, that perhaps it will be all these Christian, whom Jesus will feel most against accepting as his followers
On judgment day they believe in. They’ll say, oh but Jesus did you note how we were always busy over in Africa ,with setting up more and more new churches and feeding clothing and housing the poor.
Perhaps Jesus will reply, i had purposely actively attempted to have made sure that the church wouldn’t be used to cause harm to people (John 2: 13-22). I was so determined to try and make sure of this first and foremost , that i even went ahead and did so, “at risk” of my own death too . So that’s how “highly important” this particular issue, was to me . I’m not someone who goes along with the belief, that religious liberty wont include regulation . To have religious liberty upheld, also first requires that regulation will also need to be attended to
What did you “real” Christian do , to follow my footstep then, and actively help make sure that religious liberty was upheld ?
Church-goer says poor families feel pressured to tithe
Everywhere universally worldwide. So much suffering still being caused in the name of God ?
So many complacent indifferent “real” Christians too !
1 + 1 = 2
Be hilarious if the complacent Christian ,get to judgment day, only to learn that the atheist might in fact have far more chance, of being accepted in there, than what so called real Christians will ever do
Be hilarious right ?
Imagine the surprised look on their faces. Their bottom lips dragging on the ground. Some will say
Oh Jesus but we were active in loads of “toe sucking” and “brown nosing”, in church, for you Jesus ,and every single week without fail too .
We all “idolized” you Jesus (swooned all over you in a sheeple-like blithering emotionally driven mess, day in day out , treated you like our rock star)
And see how we also made very sure to help set up more churches too, over in poor countries where the pickings were real easy (easy picking, as the people were so hard-up that they wouldn’t refuse help, and even if they really didn’t even believe in a-God)
But we didn’t feel like helping to attend to the existing faith abuses. As it would mean we’d then need to face up to shame ,of how widespread faith abuses are .
Rather than be able to gain more and more glory through our acts of feeding, clothing and housing the poor, and seeding new churches
How stupid can Christians be ?
Why would they seed more and more Churches , when they haven’t as yet bother to first help attend to safety aspect of the ones that already exist ?
How could they act so utterly irresponsible ?
Imagine if our government were
1 .only interested in concentrating on acts of putting more and more cars and trucks and buses out on our road. Without having any speed limit or road code in place
2 but yet also didn’t want to need to be faced with attending to safety aspect of what they were still actively involved in doing
That would be deemed negligent and grossly irresponsible ?
Sure it would
I have a feeling.Some smug faced “real” Christian might be faced with a mighty big surprise, too, if indeed they’ll face judgment day