"During a House Ways and Means Committee hearing today, Rep. Aaron
Schock, R-Ill., grilled outgoing IRS commissioner Steven Miller about
the IRS targeting a pro-life group in Iowa.
“Their question, specifically asked from the IRS to the Coalition for
Life of Iowa: ‘Please detail the content of the members of your
organization’s prayers,’" Schock declared."
The report comes from the Thomas More Society, a national public interest law firm for religious liberty.
Coalition for Life of Iowa found itself in the IRS’s crosshairs when the group applied for tax exempt status in October 2008. Nearly ten months of interrogation about the group’s opposition to Planned Parenthood included a demand by a Ms. Richards from the IRS’ Cincinnati office unlawfully insisted that all board members sign a sworn declaration promising not to picket/protest Planned Parenthood. Further questioning by the IRS requested detailed information about the content of the group’s prayer meetings, educational seminars, and signs their members hold outside Planned Parenthood.