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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

IRS PROBING FLORIDA CHURCH THAT HOSTED JOHN KERRY FOR PRESIDENT

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Miami Herald: IRS probes politics at church
A Liberty City church's tax-exempt status is in jeopardy as the IRS has launched a probe into a visit by former candidate John Kerry last fall. Some wonder if the probe is politically motivated.

Excerpts - The IRS has notified a Liberty City church that it is under investigation for possibly engaging in political activity -- putting its tax-exempt status into question.

The probe is related to an appearance last October by Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and several black leaders, including U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami, the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

The reason for the investigation, an IRS official wrote in a 10-page letter obtained by The Herald, is that ``a reasonable belief exists that Friendship Missionary Baptist Church has engaged in political activities that could jeopardize its tax-exempt status as a church.''

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PROBE QUESTIONED

Although both Smith and Lewis discounted that the letter was politically motivated, some in the audience did not. They wondered if similar letters were sent to any church that hosted President Bush.


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Hard Comment: Nazi Tactics being Used by The Republican Party? - This is what the Nazi Party did during the 1930's to opposition of the Nazi Party, they used every tool they could to discredit, scare off, jail those who were against them. - How many appearances has Bush made in Churches? - This is hopefully a story that will cause a nationwide uproar.



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