Leftist Group Files IRS Complaint Against Catholic Diocese For Speaking Out Against Obama’s HHS Mandate

Barry Lynn, the anti-Christian reverend and director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, filed a complaint today with the IRS against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria, Illinois. Lynn claims the diocese broke federal rules when the bishop spoke out against Barack Obama’s unconstitutional mandate that forces Catholic institutions to pay for birth control for employees when it goes against church doctrine.

Bishop Jenky spoke out last week against Obama’s clear violation of America’s first amendment rights.

KansasCity.com reported:

A prominent advocate of church-state separation filed a formal complaint with the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday, accusing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria, Ill., of violating federal law by intervening in a political campaign.

The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, alleges that a fiery homily delivered by Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky last Sunday effectively urged Catholics to vote against President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election.

Jenky’s homily criticized policies proposed by the Obama administration that would require all employers, including religious groups, to provide free birth control coverage in their health care plans. The bishop included Obama’s policies in a litany of government challenges the Catholic Church has overcome in previous centuries, including Hitler and Stalin’s campaigns.

“Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services and health care,” Jenky said. “In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama – with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda – now seems intent on following a similar path.”

Lynn has said church-affiliated agencies that operate on taxpayer dollars should follow public policy guidelines or only collect money from parishioners. But remarks delivered later in the homily prompted Lynn’s complaint to the IRS.

“This fall, every practicing Catholic must vote, and must vote their Catholic consciences, or by the following fall our Catholic schools, our Catholic hospitals, our Catholic Newman Centers, all our public ministries – only excepting our church buildings – could easily be shut down,” Jenky said.

Hat Tip Christina

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  • tommy mc donnell

    first it was freedom of religion, now its freedon of speech. i wonder why “americans united for separation of church and state” never have anything to say all the political activity that goes on in the black churches.

    maybe the bishop should have said “god damn america!” that doesn’t get your tax status change.

  • bg


    the Rockefellers (not to mention Rothchilds) can afford to spend trillions
    bringing the Catholic Church to it’s knees, and it may very well succeed
    without the utmost support of Christians..


  • Dagwood

    So I guess now saying that abortion is wrong can get you sued by the un-Christian Rev. Lynn, a free-speech terrorist who hides behind a collar. What will be the next target, the 10 Commandments?

  • donh

    So Obama is violating the separation of church and state with his mandate and the BISHOP is the criminal for speak out against the violation….This is like charging a white woman with a hate crime for screaming ” get off me Ni**er ” during an attempted rape by a black man. …but that is state sponsored justice in an Obama world.

  • bg


    ps re: #2 April 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm bg

    even Atheists must be made to understand that if and when the Catholic
    Church is defeated, there will be nothing left standing between them and
    the forces of evil that will indiscriminately befall us all..


  • SeniorD

    To every Marxist-Leninist True Believer, religion is the opiate of the people.

    To every Christian True Believer, Marxist-Lenists are anti-christs.

  • http://unitedconservatives.blogspot.com/ Cargosquid

    weird, I’ve posted twice and don’t see my comment

  • John Fembup

    “Americans United for Separation”

    Funny on its own terms alone.

  • http://unitedconservatives.blogspot.com/ Cargosquid

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    F#ck Barry Lynn and the law he thinks applies. Take it to the Supreme Court

  • obfuscatenot

    Barry Lynn, what a mother this guy must have had.

    Rev. Wright is next, right lil Barry? mmmm.mmmm.mmmm.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    No complaints have yet been filed by these leftist groups against Media Matters For America, also tax-exempt.

    Wonder of wonders.

  • bg


    and don’t dare say a word against
    Islam, especially if you’re Muslim..

    more here..


  • bg


    no room for Religion in the New World Order..

    “The social experiment in China under Chairman Moa’s leadership
    is one of the most important and successful in human history.”

    ~ David Rockefeller

    well, not until IslaMarxists finally take over anyways, but hey,
    they have the patients of Job, and the audacity of Barry.. /s/


  • Kenneth Factor

    <–Catholic and proud of it. The whole 'separatism' movement is just another issue brought up by people who have nothing better to do. Talk till you're blue in the face, morons. There is nothing factual to support any theory that the founding fathers intended for God to be removed from our Christian government. Get it through your thick heads. There's a reason why the president puts his hand on Abraham Lincoln's King James bible when he takes office. There's a reason God is, has, and always will be on our money. For every idiotic post of something you say anyone including Thomas Jefferson (Your patron saint) ever said about separatism I could post a something they also said that contradicts it. All you 'enlightened' liberals who have a problem with Christian religion better find some (religion) soon, because the time is coming when your going to ask him to save your asses and the line's gonna be busy.

  • YourMaster

    *lol* there aren’t any federal rules on freedom of speech or freedom of religion
    uh… liberals might wants to back away from this whole arguement
    they’re really losing on the issues as of late.

  • 8 My Foot


  • Greg

    This is good………..time to have some discussion about what is allowable non profit discussion regards political issues. The left will not be happy with this path

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  • Steve

    THANKS for posting this GP! Keep up the superlative work!!

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