Baptist Newspaper Said IRS Targeted Them

Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:25 PM

By Todd Beamon

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A 180-year-old Baptist newspaper said on Thursday that it was targeted by the Internal Revenue Service for extra scrutiny.

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The Biblical Recorder, published by the North Carolina Baptist State Convention, said it was singled out by the agency in March, Fox News reports.

Last summer, the Recorder gained national attention after Allan Blume, its editor, published an interview with Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy.

In the interview, Cathy said that he was "guilty as charged" in his support of traditional family values.

The Recorder also published ads from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association -- which also was targeted by the IRS -- that backed North Carolina's marriage amendment.

The newspaper then received a telephone call from the IRS, Fox reports.

"It raised some red flags and made me wonder why we were being targeted for an audit when we have been around since 1833 and have never been audited before," Blume told Fox News. "Putting it all together made me wonder."

He said the timing might have been coincidental, but "it didn't seem that way."

"There seems to be a very anti-Christian bias that has flowed into a lot of government agencies -- oppression literally against Christian organizations and groups," Blume told Fox. "It makes you wonder what's going on."

The Recorder -- like the Billy Graham organization -- was eventually cleared, but the audit cost time and money.

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"It was a lot of time and energy that we didn't have," Blume told Fox. "It took some of our staff literally several weeks of doing nothing but that [audit]."

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