James Dobson says Family Talk Action was target of IRS discrimination


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — James Dobson says his Colorado-based ministry, Family Talk Action, was subjected to biased treatment from the Internal Revenue Service when it applied for a tax exempt status.

According to Family Talk's Dr. Meg Meeker, the IRS sat on the application and said the organization was "not educational" and did not present all views.

"The IRS had dragged their feet and basically told us that we could not have a 501(c)4 because we were not educational — which is not true; I'm a physician and my job at Family Talk Action is to educate parents — and that we were too right-wing and we were politically based," she told AP.

The IRS reviewing agent, R. Medley (ID no. 52402) told Family Talk Action's attorney that the ministry sounded like a "partisan right-wing group" because it only presents conservative viewpoints. She then stated that the ministry was political because it had "criticized President Obama, who was a candidate."

Family Talk now has the tax-exempt designation, but it came after a threat of litigation.

"The American people deserve better treatment from its government than this. Christian ministries and others supporting the family must not be silenced or intimidated by the IRS or other branches of the government," said Dr. James Dobson in explaining why he released the information.

Earlier this week, Franklin Graham said the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and his Samaritan's Purse ministry had been also targeted by the IRS.