ADF warns U.S. Senate about DOJ nominee

Monday, December 21, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Freedom of Religion buttonA U.S. Senate committee is being asked to reject a nomination to the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Alliance Defending Freedom opposes the nomination of Cono Namorato due to his past accusations against the pro-liberty law group.

ADF spearheads the annual "Pulpit Freedom Sunday," and Namorato is on record urging the IRS to investigate the law group and punish it for ethics violations in 2008.

Stanley, Erik (ADF)"Pulpit Freedom Sunday" challenges pastors to publicly fight the IRS and the so-called Johnson Amendment that stifles free speech, especially political speech, from the pulpit.

The annual event amounts to daring the IRS to respond, which would initiate a legal challenge to the law.

If his nomination is confirmed, Namorato would become the "top U.S. tax prosecutor," The Chicago Tribune reported in a Dec. 11 story about his nomination.

The story acknowledged the nominee's "obscure letter" he wrote about ADF while a tax attorney in private practice. 

In the letter, Namorato claimed ADF was encouraging "mass violation of Federal tax law" and was engaged in "incompetent and disreputable conduct."

The IRS took no action against the ADF despite the letter.

If Namorato is confirmed, says Prince, his work in a DOJ tax division is a "great concern" for America's pastors and churches, who could be in jeopardy of losing their tax-exempt status for exercising their First Amendment rights.

ADF has written a letter to the Judiciary Committee chair, Senator Chuck Grassley, urging the nomination be rejected. 

The Tribune story said Grassley has grilled Namorato about the letter.

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