Church under fire from IRS for pre-election preaching

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week An IRS spokesman declined comment on the All Saints investigation, saying the law prohibits discussion of specific cases. PASADENA – The Internal Revenue Service has warned a prominent liberal church that it could lose its tax-exempt status because of an anti-war sermon given on the eve of the 2004 presidential election, according to church officials. Rector Ed Bacon of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena told Sunday worshippers that the IRS claims the church violated federal tax code barring tax-exempt organizations from intervening in political campaigns and elections. In a sermon two days before the 2004 election, the Rev. George F. Regas did not urge parishioners to support President George W. Bush or Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., but was critical of the Iraq war and Bush’s tax cuts. “He explicitly said, ‘I am not telling you how to vote.’ That is the golden boundary we did not cross,” Bacon said in a telephone interview Monday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more