Cornerstone Church Subject to Possible IRS Investigation

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The watchdog group Americans United for Separation of Church and State that works to preserve the separation between church and state has issued a formal complaint against the Cornerstone World Outreach Church in Sioux City for violating a federal law that prohibits tax-exempt religious groups from openly endorsing or opposing candidates who run for public offce. However, the leadership of the church is not intimidated and one of its pastors, Rev. Cary Gordon even declared, “Let the battle between church and state begin”.

The non-partisan Americans United for Separation of Church and State’s complaint stemmed from a letter sent by the church on Sept 3 to other churches in the area to participate in Project Jeremiah 2010 which is an effort to oust 3 Supreme Court judges in Iowa who are up for retention votes in November. Iowa judges are nominated by a nonpartisan group and thereafter appointed by the governor but must stand for periodic retention voting in order to remain in offce. Last year, the Iowa High Court made a unanimous ruling of 7 for and none against that the state’s ban on same sex marriages was unconstitutional. The three Supreme Court judges in question are Chief Justice Marsha Ternus, Judges Micheael Streit and David Baker.

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