IRS Commissioner Unsure if It’s OK Pro-Life Group Asked to Disclose Prayer Content
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 5/17/13 1:06 PM
As the IRS discrimination scandal grows, the head of the agency had an embarrassing moment this morning during a House hearing.
During intense questioning at a Congressional hearing this morning Rep. Aaron Schock asked acting commissioner Steven Miller if the IRS has asked a pro-life group about the content of its prayers. (see video at bottom).
Leading conservative activists and bloggers followed the morning hearing:
Rep. Schock now asking about pro life groups – says IRS asked them about content of “their prayers” #IRShearing
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) May 17, 2013
But Miller appeared to have no idea if the IRS discriminated against pro-life groups and, if so, in what manner.
Schock: Pro life group if asked if they do education in both sides of issue.Is that appropriate. Miller won’t answer.
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) May 17, 2013
Miller not sure if proper but concedes it is surprising to him that a pro life group was asked to recite the words to their prayers. #IRS
— Nice Deb (@NiceDeb) May 17, 2013
IRS’ Miller said he doesn’t know whether it’s appropriate to ask religious non-profits to disclose the “content of their prayers.”
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 17, 2013
The IRS asked questions about the content of the prayers of the members to a pro-life group. Is this real life?
— Brittany Cohan (@bccohan) May 17, 2013
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The news comes as a report today shows James Dobson, the pro-life family advocate, disclosed that he was a victim of IRS discrimination because he spoke out against pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
Yesterday, President Barack Obama addressed the massive IRS scandal this afternoon and promised it would never happen again.
“I’ll do everything in my power to make sure this never happens again,” he promised.
The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced he will hold a hearing on the IRS scandal. The federal agency has targeted pro-life groups as well as conservative and religious organizations.
In one case LifeNews has profiled, a pro-life group was told it had to promote abortion. A top pro-life legal group also informed LifeNews that cases it handled support mounting accusations that demonstrate the agency’s abuse of pro-life organizations.