The Internal Revenue Service has reached a so-called “secret agreement” with atheists to probe churches and religious groups’ political activity.

Shannon Bream joined Martha MacCallum on America’s Newsroom today and explained that this resulted from the Freedom From Religion Foundation's lawsuit against the IRS, which alleged the agency wasn’t doing its job to monitor that churches with tax-exempt status were not engaging in political activity.


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Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, said the IRS has promised to do more in this arena. According to Barker, churches and pastors have been getting away with too much for too long.

"People can start pouring money into churches for political reasons to mobilize the vote, and that’s just not what the non-profit IRS law was intended to do," Barker said.


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The deal reportedly will allow the Freedom From Religion Foundation to resume its lawsuit against the IRS if it believes the agency isn't doing enough. What the IRS might actually do to enforce those rules against churches and the specific terms of this deal are unknown, as that information is not available to the public.

Lawyers with the Alliance Defending Freedom have filed a request to get that information, adding that the IRS has no business determining what can and can't be said from the pulpit, and individual churches should make that decision for themselves.

Watch Bream's full report in the clip above.


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