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Why Marco Rubio Is Worried About the IRS Targeting Churches

Sen. Marco Rubio said he believes pastors must be both cautious and bold against an intrusive IRS that may be looking more carefully at their words from the pulpit after the Supreme Court ruled that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
 
“I think, long-term, it’s something we should be vigilant about,” Rubio, R-Fla., told The Daily Signal, adding:
 
We have an IRS that’s already targeted people for their political views. We have an IRS that’s targeted conservative groups for auditing, and special scrutiny, and so it’s not a stretch to say the next step would be that. We know that there are areas around the world already where Christianity is often defined as ‘hate speech,’ and therefore [Christians] become target of government sanction.
 
Rubio has been a vocal critic of the Internal Revenue Service. During the 2013 scandal, where the agency admitted to targeting conservative groups for more stringent review, Rubio called its actions “reprehensible” and “deplorable.”
 

 
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