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Under a plan released by House Democrats last week, major mainstream conservative organizations would be declared “hate groups” by the Internal Revenue Service and stripped of their tax-exempt status, effectively shutting them down through government force.
Without tax-exempt status, the groups would be forced to pay income taxes on donations, which would bankrupt grassroots groups already operating on thin margins.
The scheme is designed to silence some of America’s most effective conservative lobbying groups, eliminating dissenting voices as liberals seek to ram through Congress its most aggressively socialist agenda ever.
Among the 60 conservative organizations listed by House Democrats as “hate groups” that must be immediately closed by the government are the American Family Association and the Family Research Council. They would be shut down by the IRS for, among other things, expressing Biblical beliefs about homosexuality.
It would be the first time in American history a political organization has been targeted by government agents for political policy positions.
The list of “hate groups” was compiled by the radical leftist “Southern Poverty Law Center,” which has its own history of virulent racism. The group has been sued by black employees for racial harassment and discriminatory hiring practices. Its founder, who once refused to represent a black death row inmate seeking an appeal because he feared it would offend white donors, was forced out after an investigation revealed widespread misspending of funds.
It’s not the first time the SLPC has targeted the Family Research Center. When the group included the FRC on a 2012 list of “hate groups,” SPLC supporter Floyd Lee Corkins traveled to the group’s Washington, D.C. headquarters armed with a rifle, planning to kill employees. He managed to wound a security guard before his attempted massacre was stopped.