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Florida: Internet evangelist will sue IRS over political/religious speech

The Caucus blog of the NY Times reports: Bill Keller, an evangelist based in Florida, runs “Liveprayer.com,” an Internet call-in program. Because he receives a government tax exemption, he is prohibited by law from endorsing or opposing candidates for public office.

But during the Republican primary battle, Mr. Keller proclaimed to his followers and the news media that “a vote for Mitt Romney is a vote for Satan.”

Now Mr. Keller says he is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service for involvement in partisan politics.

He asserts that his denunciations of Mr. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts who is a Mormon, were religious and not political. ...

Mr. Stanley said the organization planned to send tapes of the sermons to the I.R.S., and then sue the agency for inhibiting free speech and the free exercise of religion when an investigation is opened. -- Challenging the I.R.S. - The Caucus - Politics - New York Times Blog

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