Obama IRS granted tax-exempt status to Satanist club in near record time

In 2014, when dozens of conservative Tea Party groups were waiting for the IRS to grant them tax-exempt status, the Obama administration approved the application of a Satanist group behind the "After school Satan club" in ten days.

The revelation was contained in documents requested from the Treasury Department by Judicial Watch under a Freedom of Information Act suit. 

Washington Times:

"While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) makes conservative groups wait years for tax-exempt status an 'After School Satan Club' launched to hinder Christian-based counterparts got its nonprofit ranking in just ten days," Judicial Watch said in a statement released March 16. "The classification is offered to charitable, religious and educational organizations that operate as nonprofits. Under the Obama administration, IRS political appointees illegally targeted conservative groups, either making them wait up to seven years for tax-exempt status or denying their application altogether."

The watchdog said that Reason Alliance's application turned up after Freedom of Information Act Requests related to the IRS's approval process.

"The fact that a satanic cult got [its application] granted in a week when it took conservative groups seven years to get approved should be pretty illustrative of a deeper problem here," Brian Morgenstern, vice president of the Manhattan Republican Party, told Fox News on Monday.

Reason Alliance, which was started by directors Malcolm Jarry and Douglas Mesner, says that its mission is to "encourage reason and empathy, reject tyrannical authority, promote justice, and advocate pragmatic common sense."

The group's idea for "After School Satan Club" was billed as an alternative to an evangelical Christian group's after-school program known as the Good News Club.

"If Good News Clubs would operate in churches rather than public schools, that need would disappear. But our point is that if you let one religion into the public schools, you have to let others, otherwise, it's an establishment of religion," the group told The Washington Post on July 30, 2016. "We've moved well beyond being a simple political ploy and into being a very sincere movement that seeks to separate religion from superstition."

Satanism no more deserves tax-exempt status than a swingers club.  It is not a serious religion.  Most of its adherents join as a way to stick it to Christians.

But the IRS approving their tax-exempt status so quickly is indicative of an animus at the agency – and, by extension, the Obama administration – toward political opponents.  Petty bureaucrats endowed with enormous power sought to stifle opposing points of view and, more importantly, effective advocacy organizations. 

There should be a housecleaning of the IRS by the Trump administration from top to bottom.  While it's nearly impossible to fire people, many of those who were responsible for the targeting program should be reassigned to duties where they can do as little harm as possible.

In 2014, when dozens of conservative Tea Party groups were waiting for the IRS to grant them tax-exempt status, the Obama administration approved the application of a Satanist group behind the "After school Satan club" in ten days.

The revelation was contained in documents requested from the Treasury Department by Judicial Watch under a Freedom of Information Act suit. 

Washington Times:

"While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) makes conservative groups wait years for tax-exempt status an 'After School Satan Club' launched to hinder Christian-based counterparts got its nonprofit ranking in just ten days," Judicial Watch said in a statement released March 16. "The classification is offered to charitable, religious and educational organizations that operate as nonprofits. Under the Obama administration, IRS political appointees illegally targeted conservative groups, either making them wait up to seven years for tax-exempt status or denying their application altogether."

The watchdog said that Reason Alliance's application turned up after Freedom of Information Act Requests related to the IRS's approval process.

"The fact that a satanic cult got [its application] granted in a week when it took conservative groups seven years to get approved should be pretty illustrative of a deeper problem here," Brian Morgenstern, vice president of the Manhattan Republican Party, told Fox News on Monday.

Reason Alliance, which was started by directors Malcolm Jarry and Douglas Mesner, says that its mission is to "encourage reason and empathy, reject tyrannical authority, promote justice, and advocate pragmatic common sense."

The group's idea for "After School Satan Club" was billed as an alternative to an evangelical Christian group's after-school program known as the Good News Club.

"If Good News Clubs would operate in churches rather than public schools, that need would disappear. But our point is that if you let one religion into the public schools, you have to let others, otherwise, it's an establishment of religion," the group told The Washington Post on July 30, 2016. "We've moved well beyond being a simple political ploy and into being a very sincere movement that seeks to separate religion from superstition."

Satanism no more deserves tax-exempt status than a swingers club.  It is not a serious religion.  Most of its adherents join as a way to stick it to Christians.

But the IRS approving their tax-exempt status so quickly is indicative of an animus at the agency – and, by extension, the Obama administration – toward political opponents.  Petty bureaucrats endowed with enormous power sought to stifle opposing points of view and, more importantly, effective advocacy organizations. 

There should be a housecleaning of the IRS by the Trump administration from top to bottom.  While it's nearly impossible to fire people, many of those who were responsible for the targeting program should be reassigned to duties where they can do as little harm as possible.

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