The IRS says that you can’t be tax exempt and push your religion, or at least that is what IRS agents are telling pro-life tax-exempt applicants. The conversation doesn’t pullquote very easily, mainly due to the incoherence of the agent, but looking at it as a whole, the message is quite clear:
Yeah, you have the religious freedom; the freedom of speech. And other people also have the civil rights; human rights. You cannot, you know, use your religious belief to tell other people you don’t have a belief, so I don’t believe you need the right to do this, start confrontation, protesting, uh, prot, uh, protest. [unintelligible] You don’t apply for tax exemption. . .
When you come to apply for tax exemption, you have to keep your action to, you know, exactly what is
educational or religious . . . You have no right to, against, other people’s beliefs. . .
You can’t take all kinds of confrontation activities and also put something on a website and ask people to take action against the abortion clinic. That’s not, that’s not really educational.