irsIt’s more of the same. The Internal Revenue Service continues to be secretive about its intentions to investigate churches and pastors—nearly two months after it settled a lawsuit with an atheist group. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) submitted a Freedom of Information request to the IRS, asking for documents related to a legal settlement with the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), in which the IRS apparently adopted new protocols and procedures for the investigation of churches. The request was filed in July, but the IRS recently told ADF it would not provide information until Sept. 29—well past the timeframe allowed by law—even though the information ADF is requesting is the same that the IRS  has already provided to the FFRF as part of the suit. “It’s time that government agencies stop keeping secrets from the American people and stop targeting conservatives and people of faith,” said Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association. “It is no wonder the American people have lost faith in our leaders. A government that targets churches is not a protector of liberty but an enemy of it. And the IRS has become the worst offender. “Daniel Webster truthfully said, ‘An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy,’ but who would have imagined the IRS would use its taxation power to attempt to destroy free speech and then stonewall the American people when they demand an answer to the IRS’s abuse?” More