Friday, December 7, 2007

Some Ministers Snub Grassley's Request for Tax-Exempt Information

On December 7, 2007, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that at least two of the six mega-church leaders who received letters from Senator Grassley requesting information about tax-exemption and finances have refused to respond to the letters.  The article states that "Rev. Creflo Dollar, of World Changers Church International in College Park, and Bishop Eddie Long, of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, say Grassley is crossing the line of separation between church and state." One of the attorneys for the ministers said that "the minister believes deeply that God has blessed him financially, and that those beliefs are none of the senator's or the government's business [and] invited Grassley to subpoena the documents or ask the Internal Revenue Service to conduct a probe."

To see the full story, "Local Ministers Refuse to Give Documents to Senator" go to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  To see previous blog posting on this topic, go to "Grassley Inquiry of Mega-Churches on Compliance with Tax-Exemption Laws"

DAB

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