IRS Targets Catholic Critics of Obama Regime

The revelations of the scandals within the Obama administration in the past couple of weeks make those of us who are old enough recall 1973, when Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s investigative reporting and then the hearings of a special Senate investigative committee brought to the public one astounding detail after another about Watergate. The current developments have been even more striking. One scandal or possible scandal after another, reaching across different executive branch agencies, have come to light in breathtakingly brief succession. There has been the apparent cover-up about the Benghazi episode, the Justice Department’s open-ended seizure of phone records from a wide array of Associated Press offices (including one in the U.S. Capitol Building), the disclosure of apparently politically-motivated decisions and actions by the IRS, the seeming policy of the EPA of waiving fees and fines on the basis of groups’ political views, the reports that HHS Secretary Sebelius has been contacting companies—including possibly those regulated by her department—to solicit funds to help implement Obamacare, and accusations of sexual assault against military men in two branches of the armed forces whose jobs were to prevent sexual assaults.

Of all these possible or acknowledged scandals, however, especially troubling for most Americans is the one involving the IRS—if for no other reasons than that its sights can easily be turned on them. The IRS has admitted to singling out TEA Party and other conservative groups that were applying for tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c) (4) of the Internal Revenue Code. It delayed their applications—sometimes for years—and made excessive and irrelevant inquiries. It often flagged organizations just because they used terms such as “patriot” or “limited government” to refer to themselves and their work. Sometimes it asked for donor or even membership lists (this directly violates the standing U.S. Supreme Court precedent of NAACP v. Alabama [1957]), which held that such membership queries violated the freedom of association implicitly protected by the First Amendment. At the same time, leftist groups got a pass. Such disparate treatment flies in the face of another long-established constitutional doctrine, in which the Court has forbade viewpoint discrimination under the First Amendment free speech clause.

The IRS apparently also leaked confidential information, a violation of federal law. It appears that they provided information about pending 501 (c) (4) applications by conservative groups to ProPublica, a leftist media organization. During the 2008 campaign for the anti-same-sex “marriage” Proposition 8 in California, it also appears that the IRS leaked confidential information about the National Organization for Marriage’s donors to its adversary, the pro-homosexualist Human Rights Campaign. The head of the HRC was Obama’s 2008 campaign co-chairman. NOM plans to sue the IRS over this.

There have also been revelations that the IRS made as a condition of a favorable ruling for tax-exempt status for a pro-life group that it not actively protest at Planned Parenthood facilities. Another pro-life group—a Christian organization—was closely scrutinized for involvement in the annual “Life Chain” and prayer vigils and was probed about the viewpoint content of its educational materials. The Thomas More Society, a national public interest law firm, has taken up their cases. The one involves an attempt to stop constitutionally protected peaceful picketing, and the other more unconstitutional viewpoint-based discrimination and a threat to the freedom of assembly.

Perhaps most troubling is the situation of Dr. Anne Hendershott, my colleague on the Franciscan University of Steubenville faculty and the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Board of Directors. Dr. Hendershott is one of the leading Catholic sociologists in the U.S. When the current IRS scandals broke, she decided to go public about the questionable audit she was subjected to in 2010, apparently because she wrote articles that: questioned the true Catholic character of two well-known sister non-profit organizations, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United; exposed the funding sources from these organizations (which included George Soros’ Open Society Institute and a major Democratic party fundraiser); and her raising tax questions about the leftist activist leader of these organizations. She had also written a series of articles critical of Obamacare. According to reports—I have not communicated with Dr. Hendershott about the matter—she was called into the IRS’s New Haven office for an audit of her “business” affairs connected with her writing. She said that at the audit session she was asked about who paid her for writing the articles and what their political viewpoint was. The effect of the audit was that Dr. Hendershott stopped writing about these topics. This is the very essence of “chilling effect.” The Supreme Court has consistently held that government cannot act in such a manner that it will have a “chilling effect” on speech so that people will be fearful of expressing their opinions. Moreover, the fact that Dr. Hendershott’s criticism was partly questioning whether these organizations were correct in understanding and interpreting Catholic social teaching adds another possible constitutional dimension to this. Did the IRS violate both the establishment and the free exercise clauses of the First Amendment? Did it effectively make an official governmental judgment about correct Catholic doctrine relating to certain public questions, and then called Dr. Hendershott to task for criticizing the positions of these left-tilting Catholic organizations?

It is not an overreaction to say that these IRS scandals sound like official favoritism of certain organizations and political viewpoints and an attempt to suppress opposition. The question of undue political influence also presents itself. For example, did the people who were prominent in the Obama campaign and the Democratic party go to contacts in the administration or in the agency itself to ask for the IRS action? While the IRS has had a history of taking actions that curry favor with the current political powers and has sometimes been accused of a pro-Democratic bias, the funneling of information to ProPublica and the HRC, the “hands-off Planned Parenthood” demand, the Hendershott matter, and the late-breaking news that information about the scandal was known about but not disclosed during the 2012 election year suggest political pressure from outside the agency. That would not be surprising. After all, this is the administration that has given us the HHS Mandate, supported the claim in the Hosanna-Tabor case that a religious body could not choose its own ministers, wouldn’t defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court, increased federal financial support for Planned Parenthood, and is trying to stop military personnel from sharing their faith. This all indicates an agenda of hostility to traditional Christian morality and a willingness to share in the repressiveness that has come to characterize the political left.

Congressional hearings on the IRS scandals have begun. The respective Congressional committees should invite Dr. Hendershott and the heads of NOM and the pro-life groups in question to come before them to tell their stories. The committees need to be unrelenting in their effort to reach to the depths of this scandal, which may be one of the most serious in U.S. history. While I have not always been a supporter of special prosecutors—I wonder if their concerns have always been with seeing that justice is done and if they have sometimes promoted political agendas—the questions about the Obama administration’s role in this and the seriousness of the matter indicates that one might be needed. Both high and low-level officials and civil servants and political appointees in the IRS should also be aware that such behavior—along with any attempts to silence critics of the agency—is the “stuff” of massive civil rights lawsuits, not just against the government so that the taxpayers pick up the bill but also against them individually.

In light of all this, one also hopes that the public will see the grave danger of having the IRS enforce the Obamacare law and demand that it be stopped.

Beyond this, it is time for the serious debate—that has been avoided for years—about the entire federal tax structure. A flat tax that would necessitate a smaller and less intrusive collection apparatus than the IRS may be indicated. It could easily bring in as much revenue as currently, and meet the demand of Catholic social teaching that it be geared to the principle of  “ability to pay” as much as a graduated tax does.

Stephen M. Krason


Stephen M. Krason's "Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic" column appears monthly (sometimes bi-monthly) in Crisis Magazine. He is Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. He is the author, most recently, of The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic (Transaction Publishers, 2012), and editor of three volumes: Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System (Scarecrow Press, 2013) and The Crisis of Religious Liberty (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014); and most recently, Challenging the Secular Culture: A Call to Christians (Franciscan University Press). His latest book is Catholicism and American Political Ideologies (Hamilton Books). He is also the author of a new novel, American Cincinnatus.

  • Deacon Ed Peitler

    Isn’t it interesting that we haven’t heard from Bishop Blaire of California on the issue of the IRS’ attempt to censure conservative Catholics? He’s usually first out of the box when it comes to support of liberal ‘social justice’ issues. It’s also interesting that we have not heard a peep from our bishops on matters having to do with Benghazi, IRS, and Obama’s gun-running operation in Mexico. Yet, the bishops don’t hesitate to offer comments on the latest Republican budget proposal or immigration ‘reform.’ Doesn’t the murder of our ambassador and three others and the cover-up attempt to blame it on someone who produced a video resulting in his unjust imprisonment qualify as a social justice issue? Isn’t the clandestine export to Mexico of deadly firearms by Obama’s justice department that resulted in the death of a border agent a social justice issue? Isn’t the infringement of constitutional rights to religious freedom by the Obama administration a social justice issue? So where are our bishops on these matters? Why haven’t you rolled out Bishop Blaire yet? My guess is that these matters don’t fit into the political template of the leftist, abortion-loving, Democrat Obama voters working at the USCCB.

    • Malachy

      You’ve got to wonder if half the USCCB (+1) hasn’t been compromised and blackmailed to shut up and do what they’re told. They’re simply MIA on too many issues. They’re too often sychphants to the nihilistic interests intent on destroying the Church in America. Joey Biden and Nancy Pelosi, in particular, keep them on their knees and on a short leash.

      • tedseeber

        I think the HHS Mandate is blackmail enough to accomplish this. Fighting that is taking up ALL their political capital- which just goes to prove that as far as political capital is concerned, the Church has become bankrupt.

    • chrisinva

      A few billion taxpayer dollars a year from the Congressional Democrats to Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services, plus hundreds of millions more to hospitals, universities (especially after they invite Obama), and sundry other “Catholic” nonprofits might explain some of these imbalances in the USCCB perspective, Deacon.

      • Deacon Ed Peitler

        You’ve got that right…selling your soul for a few bucks. When I was my diocese’s Director of Catholic Charities I was more than content NOT to have ANY contracts with the Federal government even though the ‘trade organization’ Catholic Charities USA often pushed this model on diocesan Catholic Charities organization. Without the benefit of a great deal of experiences in these unholy alliances, I knew that to accept Federal dollars would be tantamount to turning my back on Jesus Christ as I would be getting into bed with the devil himself – something I was unwilling to do. Parenthetically, I resigned my position with Catholic Charities in order to make an honest living.

      • Malachy

        30 pieces of silver always does the trick.

  • jcsmitty

    I remember Cardinal Dolan telling what happened when the USCCB’s representatives met with the Obama people to discuss the HHS Mandate. According to Dolan, the reps were handed an article from America, the liberal Jesuit magazine, on what the “true” Catholic response to the mandate should be. In other words, the bishops were being instructed by the Obama Administration on Catholic teaching.

    You would think such experiences would wake the USCCB up about the enemy of Catholicism in the U.S. The Deacon who wrote here has his finger on the problem: The bishops need to stop thinking they can make points with this administration by advancing liberal positions. This Administration wants to destroy the Catholic Church in the U.S. and make the government god.

    We need to learn from history. So many governments were persecuting the church in the early 1900s and beyond. We are seeing the same sort of infection spreading now.

    • You remind me of Pope Benedict talking about misguided liberal theology (which might be redundant). The liberals in the Church are being lead by our enemy to focus on the stuff of earth rather than the stuff of heaven. If you listen and read what Pope Francis is saying and do the same for many American Bishops, you can see why the American Catholic Church is struggling.
      We are going through the period of our history when the rebels from the just after Vatican II are now make up our leadership. This too shall pass but they need our prayers.

    • Gleichschaltung

      If one was to learn from history, on might want to familiarize themselves with this word: Gleichschaltung

  • Alecto

    The logical conclusion, the solution to this latest in a never-ending use of the federal government’s power against citizens is to abolish the income tax and eliminate the IRS by repealing the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Please remember that progressives advocate income taxes because they are the ultimate redistributive mechanism. They ensure power is consolidated in a central authority. Anyone who advocates for any federal income tax scheme should be viewed with suspicion.

    No federal employees will ever be held accountable because the ideologues who populate federal bureaucracies also populate the federal judiciary. They will never punish one of their own, and Obama has filled the federal government with his supporters, thereby insulating him and Leviathan from any consequences.

    Let’s also remember neither Republicans nor the press took any action to expose this scandal or protect U.S. citizens’ constitutional guarantee of their God-given rights. This latest infringement was disclosed not by the press but by the IRS in a planned disclosure. The purpose of the agency’s actions was to destroy the opposition and give the President a second term, which it did. Republicans knew about the unconstitutional actions of the agency at least two years ago, after the coordinated targeting began. Indeed, they had questioned several IRS higher-ups at least a year ago. Did they blow open the scandal? No. Did they do anything to protect the rights of U.S. citizens, which is their only job? No. As part of Leviathan, can they be trusted to act on behalf of citizens? Hell no.

    Obama continues to ignore the judiciary, the legislative branch or any constitutional limits on the executive branch. He is an illegitimate president, an aspiring dictator, and he must be removed from office. If this latest assault on Americans does not result in impeachment proceedings, and an all-out repeal of the Obama agenda, nothing ever will. Your constitutional guarantee of rights will be a dim memory in a few months, not years.

    • Malachy

      Our banksters will never permit the elimination of the IRS and Federal Reserve.
      Wait until our hperinflation starts and you can’t buy a bowl of soup for a thousand dollars. Then, the government’s in complete control with Secretary Napolitano “protecting” us with her tanks and personnel carriers..

      • Alecto

        Under Article V of the Constitution, we don’t need the feds, or banks to repeal 16. We need courageous state legislatures willing to stand up for citizens rights in this republic.

  • GaryLockhart

    This of course becomes irrelevant when it comes time for yukking it up and breaking bread at the Al Smith dinner with His Eminence Cardinal Naive.

  • cestusdei

    How can anyone be surprised? It was evident from day one that Obama, like so many on the Left, is a dictator at heart. He has always, in Chicago style, destroyed any who opposed him. The media has been covering for him for years. This is another reason to fear the HHS mandates are only the first phase. We are being persecuted and it will not stop.

    • Me

      One needs to be careful of this sort of paranoia. In reality, you have enormous freedoms. And no, sorry, I know it sounds wonderfully romantic, but you are NOT “being persecuted.” You’re really just not that important.

      • NoreenD

        Then why does the Obama administration try to enforce regulations that it knows is against Catholic teaching by forcing Catholics to pay for procedures that run counter to Church teaching? Why were only conservative/pro-life organizations targeted? There’s nothing “romantic” about being persecuted.

        • Me

          They don’t only target conservative/pro-life organizations. The IRS has targeted the NAACP, Greenpeace, All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena (over an anti-Iraq War sermon), and many other liberal churches and organizations. I don’t remember hearing any conservatives screaming for blood while that was going on, which speaks to the very obvious hypocrisy of this latest hullabaloo. That is why I find it so hard to take the complaints seriously. This is yet another tired old faux “scandal” from the folks who’ve been doing the same thing themselves for years. And in reality there really is no scandal at all. Groups are not being targeted so much as a political vendetta but because the boundary between genuine social welfare organizations and political groups seeking to claim tax-exempt status has not been clearly delineated by congress. IRS employees are required to figure this out for themselves by … what else? … scrutinizing groups that may be less than honest. Hundreds of millions of dollars of “dark money” were funneled through so called nonprofit groups last election. Under 501(c)4 regulations, non profit groups are legally prohibited from making politics their primary purpose. Is anyone truly naive enough to believe that Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS is a social welfare organization rather than a political one? No, I didn’t think so. And what do these people do every time their illicit behavior raises questions? You got it — they scream blue murder that the big government meanies are picking on them. Tax-exempt status was shamelessly exploited by political groups, most of them Republican, last election. All that illicit spending failed to buy them the election, which is why they’re back to their old tricks of desperately trying to orchestrate scandals. Their motto is when you can’t win dirty, go dirtier. It is shameful and immoral.

          • Alecto

            The IRS in this case withheld 501(c)4 designation from more than 500 TEA party groups in approximately 2 years alone. That does not include pro-life groups. The weight of the outrage is with the TEA party, because the scandal is obvious, ongoing, and widespread. In contrast all three of the groups you mentioned did not received punishment, did not have their tax exemption revoked, or suffer any damage. In the case of the NAACP and Greenpeace, they were audited. TEA Party organizers were not granted any exemption, a clear intimidation tactic for funders.

            • Me

              Alecto, your information is wrong, which shows how successful the snow job has been with the minority that falls for this stuff. TEA party groups received extra scrutiny. However, it is simply not true that “500 TEA party groups” were denied tax-exempt status. Groups that are more overtly political than social welfare-related should be scrutinized. Are you aware that Emerge America, a group which helps Democratic women seek elected office, were denied tax-exempt status? There was probably good reason why this happened, and I could certainly see that there would be good reason that TEA party groups were scrutinized too.

              • cestusdei

                Even now they are admitting that liberal groups got preferential treatment. So are they lying in their admission? If Bush had done this to liberal groups what would you be saying right now?

                • Malachy

                  IRS chieftains are starting to take the 5th Amendment but the Leftist apologists ( including so-called “Catholics”) won’t connect it to the chief of the executive branch…Barack Hussein Obama Jr.

              • Alecto

                Oh, please, you ought to know by now, I am never wrong on the facts. Your argument doesn’t reflect the interpretation of the Code which has always viewed the (c)4 designation as including political education as well as advocating specific political viewpoints. The goals of the TEA party were always to educate the public about the Constitution, national debt and spending, and Obamacare. The volume of TEA party groups were targeted precisely because they sought to “make America better”. What is prohibited is advocating for specific political candidates, which is probably why Emerge America was denied and rightly so.

                The majority of TEA party groups are still waiting after 27 months or longer for a response, any response from the IRS, which by its OWN standards is charged with communicating monthly to report status or application deficiencies. Many of these community-spirited applicants gave up, exactly the intention of the IRS inquisitors. Anyone who cannot see that these groups were singled out for denial, and stone-walled is in denial himself. And please do remember, paybacks are hell.

      • cestusdei

        The government is investigating people for their conservative and religious views. It is also trying to make churches pay for contraception and abortion. Do I have to wait till I am in jail to realize that I am being persecuted?

      • standtall909

        “Persecution” is probably a word we overuse, but make no mistake, Catholic Christians in particular are being intimidated and marginalized by this administration. And no, I don’t think Obama is personally giving orders to put the squeeze on Catholics, but the progressives around him have been given the green light for the thuggish behavior we are now seeing. The Chicago mob style politics has sort of rubbed off.

        • jcsmitty

          Persecution begins one step at a time. The church is being marginalized, just as the Jews in Nazi Germany were first marginalized before they were killed in concentration camps. Portray Christians as enemies of the state and you can then get bolder and bolder. Christians across the world are being persecuted and murdered, but it is heading here for sure. Bullies only get bolder.

  • Alex

    The Republicans spent millions trying to win the White House in 2012. They failed, so now they’re back to their old habit of orchestrating faux scandals. It’s looking like Republicans altered the text of Benghazi emails. Of course, it was the Republican congress that cut funding for embassy security. What a bunch of dishonest hypocrites! With the IRS “scandal”, is the problem that conservative groups are being targeted or that they have been more devious in trying to exploit tax exempt status? It will all come out, and it will once again backfire.

    • What a sheep you are! YOUR rights are in jeopardy too! Just because you are not a conservative, you are still going to lose. Just look at the MSM, they were quiet and

      never bothered to report news that might make this administration look suspect. But now the shoe is on the other foot and they are crying foul!

      • Me

        Find out all the facts before, like they sheep you are, forming an opinion. Find out a little more about the “dark money” that was being channeled to political candidates through 501(4)c’s that, in order to gain tax-exempt status, are by law not allowed to have politics as their primary purpose. This is a “he who smelt it dealt it” so-called scandal, just like all the others. Scream loud enough that you’re being persecuted and picked on and abused, and maybe the authorities will be intimidated enough that they’ll let you keep your shady astroturf organization going.

        • Alecto

          So, Organizing for Obama should be allowed a 501(c)4 designation, but not TEA party advocates? And, let’s not forget NARAL, which does have a 501(c)4 designation, but not pro-life groups? There are hundreds of radical political left-wing organizations which were granted this tax-exempt status, but you are seriously trying to make a case against anyone who dissents with the Obama Administration?

          • Me

            Again, Alecto, your facts aren’t there. Democratic organizations have been denied tax-exempt status. Emerge America was one. There really is no scandal here (beyond a bunch astroturf groups trying to get around the 501(c)4 laws.)

        • cestusdei

          Like the sheep we are…very nice. You prove exactly why such things are happening. You are not angry about this because you LIKE it. You hate us and want us silenced. You AGREE with it. Thanks for revealing your hate and hypocrisy.

    • Alecto

      Do try to keep up.

      1. No funding was cut for the State Dept. In fact, funding was increased 4%. The Administration decides where the funds are spent. Your claim that Republicans cut embassy security funding is patently false. If anyone “cut” funds for security, it was the Executive branch by allocating those funds to other programs.

      2. The Benghazi emails, a mere 100 pages out of a possible cache of 24,000, were heavily redacted by the Administration before being turned over to the House Oversight Committee.

      Stating an opinion is not a fact. Care to relay actual facts and not paranoid fantasies?

      • Malachy

        Correct: Plus the Emails start in Sept. 14, not Sept. 11, 2012.

  • Caroline

    This idiocy is going nowhere. With the full weight of the corporate-owned media fueling the latest Republican chicanery, only a small minority of the pre-brainwashed — the base — are buying into it. Everyone else is so fed up with the fake “scandals” that there’s a massive backlash. Obama’s approval ratings are going up, and his disapproval ratings are going down. Sorry, Hannity, Cheney, and your cronies — any faith in your integrity was destroyed a long, long time ago. But keep it up — you’re doing the Dems a massive service by being the kind of people most of us don’t want to be. Negative role modeling is powerful.

    • Josh

      That’s quite the rebuttal there, Caroline! Just change the subject and hope that no one pays attention. You are a true believer.

      • Me

        She’s right. The real scandal is not that the IRS isn’t investigating the astroturf groups, but that they’re continuing to get away with their devious behavior. That’s what needs attention.

        • Malachy

          Gosh, the devil’s little workshop (Caroline and ME) are working as hard as ever.

          • Me

            Malachy, when you start using that sort of ugly rhetoric, you make it clear that you have very little worthwhile to say. There is nothing”devilish” about opposing dishonest slander.

            • Malachy

              Tell that nonsense at your Dem clubhouse.

              • Me

                Like I said.

    • poetcomic1 .

      Wow! I hadn’t realized that all these scandals were fake! Your point by point and brilliantly argued case is AIRTIGHT.

      • Me

        Glad you agree:-)

    • patricia m.

      Where’s the fountain of the kool aid you’re drinking from? Man, this kool aid of yours has hallucinogenic effects! Fake scandals, ha! I want to drink from it too.

    • chrisinva

      Wow, what strident, weighty words. Are you afraid you’ll lose your free Obamaphone or something, Caroline?

    • Alecto

      History has a way of punishing the arrogant and vindicating the persecuted. You do understand that polls are not governance? I can hardly fault you as you are probably the product of a cheap indoctrination scheme aka public schools. Weak minds make easy prey. It takes more than a teleprompter to lead. Back to your smartphone!

    • First they came for the Jews, but since I was not a Jew, I did not object….
      Obama’s people have violated the law and will continue to if allowed.

    • Gleichschaltung

      Clearly our friend Caroline embraces Gleichschaltung.

    • cestusdei

      So the media is run by the Republicans? LOL

  • To the person who self-identifies as “Me”: Not that importatnt Do yoiu really not know that from the very beginning the Left the Catholic Chrurh has been Enemy Number One to all ideologues of the Left, preciesly because Holy Mother Church, the Bride of Christ reminds people that there is greater authority than the state and a more glrorious escahton than the fnal phase of materilaistic communism. Let me stipulate that I do not hate the Presdient or his ideological confrers; the Presdient, in particualr, was subjected to a kind of philosophical abuse from an early age. They are who they are, which is virutal Marxists whether they or not even know it, and the Church is their implacable foe whether or not they give voice to that passion.

    • Me

      The Catholic Church is on board with “the Left” on many issues, especially that of social justice, so no — the Church is most certainly not the “implacable foe” or “Enemy Number One” of the Left. The Church transcends politics. There are many Church positions that are passionately embraced by US liberals, particularly those relating to the poor and marginalized, climate change, health care, the death penalty, and many others. There are other Church positions that are embraced by US social conservatives, particularly those relating to abortion. Both major US parties are in many areas out of congruence with what the Church teaches.

      • Alecto

        Correct, that’s why we refer to Catholic liberals as useful idiots.

        • I would drop the useful word in that phrase.

        • Me

          “We”? I don’t think Pope Francis would be part of that “we”, but then he’s a true Catholic and a good man.

          • Malachy

            ME, can’t you find a fifth column somewhere?

      • cestusdei

        Abortion trumps all that. If you are against killing babies then the Left hates you.

    • jcsmitty

      That is so true. Catholics were martyred and churches destroyed during the French Revolution. Ditto the Spanish Civil War, the Cristeros War in Mexico. Catholics were the enemies of Nazism and Fascism. Priests, nuns and Catholics died in Concentration camps and later killed by Communists. All persecuters were anti-Christian secularists/atheists. The irony is that the people wanted to be “free” to do as they pleased, so they denied the authority of God and settled for the god called government.

  • brigin

    Hate to be cynical, but I’ve known for thirty years the government targets conservatives for harassment. You telling me Repubs are just finding out? The Repubs are just stirring up the base as elections near. After the election they’ll just issue some report and all will be forgotten. How many times will ppl fall for this charade. Took me 30 years to figure out how Washington works.

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  • hombre111

    Let’s wait a year for the right-wing howl machine to lower the decibals, and then decide if this was Watergate or not. Remember, in Watergate, President Nixon knowingly violated the Constitution.

    • Alecto

      It’s worse than Watergate. Four Americans died at Benghazi. No one died at the Watergate break-in.

      • Me

        How many have died in Iraq and Afghanistan?

        • Malachy

          We need to bring all the troops home, and give young Catholic_Americans a better option than participating in all our “unjust” wars. The bishops are useless on that subject, too.

          • Me

            Gotta agree with you there, Malachy. The war was based on lies and falsehoods and has been a tragedy for all sides.

            • cestusdei

              Ah the Bush hatred comes out. How about all those who died on 911? They don’t count do they? Or about the Christians being persecuted in Islamic nations?

              • Malachy

                There were no WMDs in Iraq. We lost the country to a greater iran as the popes called it an “unjust war”. It was, cestusdei. The American bishops owed it to the Catholic troops to give moral guidance…and did nothing. I blame “W” for starting it and BO for losing it.

                • cestusdei

                  We didn’t start this war on Islamic terrorism. They did. Saddam used chemical weapons on his own people, so it was not a stretch. They are using them in Syria and Iran is building a bomb. You can blame Bush for thinking that maybe the Muslims meant it when they said they wanted democracy. Now we should realize they don’t. We are in a religious war and we need to face that fact. Obama has gotten us in to war in Libya and didn’t even ask Congress. Frankly he is losing the war and doesn’t seem to care. He is too busy turning us into a 3rd world dictatorship.

        • Alecto

          What is it about the left? When faced with facts it cannot deny or any genuine desire to debate, discuss or get to the truth, it changes topics? There is not one person who doesn’t lament the deaths of anyone in war, and especially innocent bystanders. We all pray for our soldiers, for those who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan and especially the innocent, the children. At least President Bush is hosting his W100K for Wounded Warriors this weekend. What is Obama doing? That’s right, he can’t even salute the Marines who protect him. What a blaggard.

  • Expect an escape-goat to be offered for public immolation while everything continues the same, if not with specific sneaky legislation that leaves to the same federal agencies to define that such actions are lawful.

  • common sense

    Honestly, this article meanders into the land of the irrelevant. I can understand the upset over the IRS targeting conservative groups but too much junk is front loaded into this article. Since when does Obama have control over individual soldiers?
    “accusations of sexual assault against military men in two branches of the armed forces whose jobs were to prevent sexual assaults.”

    You know you could substitute military men for priests and parishes for branches of the armed forces.

    Those in glass homes should not thrown stones.

    • Obama promised to do better than his predecessors: has he?

      • Malachy

        Saul Alinsky is proud of his creative destruction of America.

  • Deacon Ed Peitler

    Can these people honestly support this disgusting specimen of a president? They stretch credulity to the point that all one can do is chuckle.

  • @Me: The areas in which the values of Chrsitanity and those trumpeted by the statists of either the Left or the Right are superficial and concidental. The statists cyncially use these points of apparent congruence to trick Chrsitians into thinkning that they can support the statists, hence books with titlles llike “Toward A Christian Marxist Dialaogue.” As soon as the Christains reufse to go along with the secularist program they will be attacked. No Catholic should imagine that true cooperation is possilbe with those who are oppposed to the very most basic of Christian beliefs, begining with the sanctity of Life.

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  • HV Observer

    For a larger view, see Jeffery Lord’s The Liberal Union Behind the IRS.

    • Malachy

      Good lead, as the indictments start rolling for quashing First Amendment Rights.

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