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 to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.Source: The Bill of Rights, ratified
Evidence of the trampling of the First Amendment by the Internal Revenue Service has been heard. The hearings on June 4, 2013 have been disarming and frightening. The IRS told the President of the Coalition for Life of Iowa to submit a letter signed by all board members stating: Under the penalty of perjury, we will not picket, protest or organize groups to picket or protest outside of Planned Parenthood.
So the heavy-handed IRS lashed its whip on the back of the Coalition for Life threatening to take away its tax-free status if it assembled and spoke of its beliefs in opposition to Planned Parenthood.
Who gave the order instructing this public institution paid for by your tax dollars to target conservative organizations for audits and burdensome proof of tax-free status?
Several tea party groups including the ones that testified today, June 4th; the Laurens County Tea Party, the Wetumpka Tea Party, the San Fernando Valley Patriots, and the Linchpins of Liberty; are all taking part in a lawsuit against the IRS filed by the American Center for Law.
Hurrah for the organizations that testified, keep fighting, stand up for your rights, and the rights of Americans to free speech and assembly.