Center for Arizona Policy Response to IRS Complaint (As Expected): The Atheists and Homosexuals Are Wrong

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The Center for Arizona Policy has offered a response to the Internal Revenue Service complaint filed against it -- claiming the organization doesn't meet tax-exemption requirements -- and that response includes the exact three things we expected: they're atheists, homosexuals, and wrong.

The Secular Coalition for Arizona and No Longer Silent, Clergy for Justice, announced their complaint to the IRS, asking Uncle Sam to look into a few things related to Center for Arizona Policy's lobbying.

The groups contend Center for Arizona Policy is a straight-up lobbying organization, not the tax-exempt charity organization it tells the IRS it is.

As you may know, more than 100 of the Center for Arizona Policy's supported bills have been passed into law over the years, including 13 this year. Three of those passed this year were abortion-related, and they're also the ones behind the "religious opt-out" to contraception bill.

The Center for Arizona Policy pulled in nearly $2 million in 2010 -- the most recent IRS filing available for the group -- and complaints against the group point to "deceptive tax reporting and business practices" after reviewing their IRS forms.

Center for Arizona Policy's response: nothing to see here, move along (and gays and atheists too).

"There really isn't much to say about this meritless, politically motivated attack," Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod writes on the group's blog. "Rest assured these attacks by those who oppose our public policy positions will not distract us from the important work at hand - registering voters, distributing our Voter Guide (coming in July), and turning out the vote on Election Day."

Herrod claims their books are looked over by an independent auditor, and thank good-giddily-gosh, they pass the standards of the Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability and its rigorous "Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship."

We'll keep you updated on developments in this one.

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Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Blah, blah, blah, gays, blah, blah, I believe in nothing, blah, blah, I'm right you're wrong, blah, blah, Jesus, blah, blah, hell, blah, blah, I'm smarter, blah, blah, Jesus, blah, blah, WTFC.

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

As to gay folks, they are much like us sinners in the straight community, both can end in same destination since sin is when one does sin, now does one have sinful thoughts sure they do, if anyone denies it they either are a liar or suffering from some kind of mental self delusion! If it was not for jesus not one of us would darken them pearly gates of heaven! Key to sin is if you do it repent, and try not to do it again since death is like a thief in the night he comes with out warning!

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

I once made the mistake in answering a atheist's comment to me that I would be in awe and shock when I die and no heaven existed but merely nothingness! I pondered their comment and answered quite simply if nothing exists one can experience nothing! Now on the off chance heaven or lake of fire does exist only then can anyone experience anything! I truly believe the atheist movement of Madlyn Ohare if their path is so good all one has to do is google her life, fate, she disowned one of her sons for becoming a preacher, said he was dead to her, her greed and less than stellar life has been written about by her own son who was there, her sad demise at the hands of her atheist employee's who not only murdered her but her granddaughter and one of her other sons is proof atheist's do not have any greater path to happiness and righteousness than us Christians, anyone Christian or Atheist who think this life on earth is our only heaven or path to happiness live in their own delusions! The televangelist's preach prosperity Christianity, the Atheist's reject all religion as fantasy, how ironic they both are on the same path!

Azfrench
Azfrench

America in distress by
IRS and CONgress

wherewasi
wherewasi

"
There really isn’t much to say about this meritless, politically motivated attack. Rest assured these attacks by those who oppose our public policy positions will not distract us from the important work at hand – registering voters, distributing our Voter Guide (coming in July), and turning out the vote on Election Day."

...But we are NOT a Political Action Committee!  We are a Charitable Organization that works to help families.

Yeah, right.  What an idiot.  Everyone knows that registering voters, distributing a Voter Guide and turning out vote on Election Day is charitable work that helps families...right?  This is the important work of a Political Action Committee.

wherewasi
wherewasi

What has happened in the past year?  Back in July 2011, the courts demanded a separation of church and state.  Why does this self-righteous religious prude get to intrude in politics "in the name of charity" - ?

http://www.aclufl.org/news_eve... 

wherewasi
wherewasi

Cathi Herrod is a Sanctimonious Bitch who needs to:

1.)  Stay out of my relationships.  I will love whomever I chose to love.
2.)  Stay out of my family-related decisions.  I stopped at 2 kids.  Birth control WAS involved.
3.)  Stay out of my bedroom.  My sex life is none of your business, Bitch.
4.)  Stay out of my womb.  I chose whether or not there is a baby in it.
5.)  Read the Bible and find out what it says about judging others. She is a false witness.
6.)  Get ready to explain why the donations made to CAP are no longer tax deductible.

Sonoran Alliance - a "conservative political blog site" run by the AZGOP Communications Director Shane Wikfors - features frequent CAP updates by Cathi Herrod which explain how this lobbying organization is working hard to shape Arizona politics.  They ARE a lobbying organization and NOT a charitable organization.  Read her "5 Minutes for Families" articles and try to explain how they are NOT political lobbyists!

RichardP
RichardP

Thanks for the link to the complaint. I read it along with Cathi Herrod's response. Her response is comical. She's assuring her supporters that their books are fine because independent auditors examine them annually. The complaint isn't even about that. CAP is being accused of excess lobbying, not cooked accounting.

Rick
Rick

The ECFA Standards do not evaluate whether the organization passes IRS standards (and the Center for Arizona Policy knows that), the standards relate to whether the organization runs their organization raises their funds and uses them in a responsible matter.  The Center for AZ Policy is one of several Republican political organizations who engage in questionable tactics to hold onto their tax-exempt status.
Jesus would not be happy with their ethics and would have probably run them out of the temple with the money changers and thieves.

JesterJackson
JesterJackson

Jesus tried to come back but he got stopped at the border because he didn't have papers. 

Rob
Rob

 Not if Cathi Herrod gets ahold of him first.

PJohnson
PJohnson

the gay and athiest are sinners. center of arizona policy jus duz the work of jesus. dont mess with dat unless you wanna burn in hell

JlawJones
JlawJones

I'm an attorney
and after reading through the complaints at www.stopcap.org,
I believe they are correct. Though I don’t specialize in tax law, it looks as
though Center for Arizona Policy is entirely out of bounds. Good thinking, Stop
CAP.

Serah
Serah

What was it that Jesus said about LGBT relationship again? Oh yeah, that's right...NOTHING. Carry on. 

mirele
mirele

Oh ****. I can't even begin to express what I think of your swill. I KNEW Madalyn Murray O'Hair in the early 1980s. She, like everyone else on this planet, had her problems, and in public she could be brusque and dismissive. But she was, for the most part, a decent person who was family oriented and EXTREMELY hurt when her son William wrote "My Life Without God." She was regularly harassed by the allegedly god-fearing because they considered her dangerous. And she didn't deserve to die the way she, Jon Garth and Robin did. 

I suspect that if Jesus were here today, he'd rather be in Madalyn's kitchen, eating one of her homemade pies and laughing about the crazy-ass shgit his followers get up into, rather than over at First Pious Church of the Self-Righteous. After all, in life, Jesus was accused of spending time with tax collectors, prostitutes and other notorious public sinners. Hell, they were probably more fun.

Serah
Serah

You misunderstand atheism entirely, and are misguided to judge all atheists based on your anecdotal knowledge of the two nontheists you describe. I am an atheist. My life is rich and full. I am surrounded by an amazing, compassionate community of other nontheists and our families. We love one another, do volunteer work together, celebrate weddings and grieve at funerals together... We participate in political activism for social justice together, and we advocate for politically vulnerable people who are being oppressed by religious intrusion into secular government. I have a beautiful life that is completely different from what you describe above. It is not a life of greed and hate but of compassion and community. We do not necessarily reject all religion as fantasy, but we affirm naturalism. Some religious beliefs are naturalistic. And, where progressive people of faith have values that overlap with our own, we collaborate to improve human well-being--as is the case with the IRS complaint where SC Arizona has joined a clergy group to protest the harmful, unethical activities of CAP. This isn't Madelyn Murray OHare's movement; it's a diverse, grassroots, community-oriented social justice movement.

Tami
Tami

Cathi herrod is also a glutton.

Arizona Eagletarian
Arizona Eagletarian

 Shane Wikfors' twitter profile declares him to be a "Christ follower." Why would someone who, if his life reflected it, have to state his religion that way? It gives me a very strong case of cognitive dissonance.

Bnbk
Bnbk

God dammit,I love the way you think !

Eric Nelson745
Eric Nelson745

Really?  Do they feed the hungry, cloth the naked and heal the sick?  They
certainly are not a charitable organization in any conventional sense.

wherewasi
wherewasi

But as far as being an atheist goes...  tell me again when time began and when it will end.  What came before it?  What comes after?  

I'm not talking about "the world" or "the universe". 

I'm talking about time.

Just food for thought.

slipery Mike
slipery Mike

Like Early Cuyler said "I HATE THE THINGS I FEAR....AND I FEAR THE THINGS THAT I DO NOT UNDERTSTAND!!"

Serah
Serah

I'm not sure why lack of belief in God requires a conviction that we have all the answers in physics determined at this point in time. My answer would be, "we don't know yet." There's nothing about the fact of not knowing yet that suggests, "God did it." I am comfortable with the uncertainty of reality. We are constantly learning more and discovering the answers--and that's one of the most wonderful things about the human experience: We don't have to make things up because we're frightened of not knowing; we can just work harder to learn more.

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