If you want the IRS to re-examine Scientology's tax exempt status, it's time to get real - 2015-04-13

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F347.png If you want the IRS to re-examine Scientology's tax exempt status, it's time to get real April 13, 2015, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Over the weekend, filmmaker Alex Gibney wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times arguing that the Church of Scientology deserves to have its tax exempt status taken away. And after the March 29 airing of his documentary about Scientology, Going Clear, a growing number of people seem to agree with him.

"It seems to me that our government has a 'fundamental, overriding interest' in protecting individual liberty by not subsidizing harassment or surveillance by gun-toting private eyes. The First Amendment should not be a smokescreen to hide human rights abuses and possible criminal activities," Gibney wrote, making an allusion to recent revelations about Scientology leader David Miscavige allegedly paying two private eyes $10,000 a week to follow his own father, Ron Miscavige Sr.

So if people are interested in motivating the IRS to revisit its 1993 decision to grant Scientology tax exempt status, what can they do?


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = If you want the IRS to re-examine Scientology's tax exempt status, it's time to get real | url = https://tonyortega.org/2015/04/13/if-you-want-the-irs-to-reexamine-scientologys-tax-exempt-status-its-time-to-get-real/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = April 13, 2015 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}