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To: Internal Revenue Service, Oklahoma County Election Board

IRS: Time to revoke 501c3 status of Higher Plain Baptist Church in Oklahoma City

IRS: Time to revoke 501c3 status of Higher Plain Baptist Church in Oklahoma City

1. We call on the IRS to revoke the 501c3 tax exempt status of Higher Plain Baptist Church for its eggregiously violative political event on October 30, 2020.
2. We call on the Oklahoma County Election Board to no longer use Higher Plain Baptist Church as a polling place, given the high liklihood that this polling place will be on in which voters may face intimidation from armed protesters (as were present at the Oct. 30th event).

Why is this important?

On Friday, October 30th, Higher Plain Baptist Church in Oklahoma City held an event sponsored by the Oklahoma County Republican Party called "Mark and Patricia McCloskey, persecuted by the left, are coming to OKC!"

This event announcement also listed several Republican officer-holders (and candidates running for reelection) as speakers including: Brian Maughan County Commissioner District 2, David Hooten County Clerk and Rick Warren County Court Clerk.

This event is deeply troubling for the following reasons:

1. The event violates the provisions of the IRS restrictions on "political campaign activity" for 501c3 organizations.
2. This event celebrated the actions of two people who were indicted in St. Louis of unlawful use of a firearm and evidence tampering, all as a response to Black Lives Matter protesters.
3. The church permitted people to be in the parking lot during this event, brandishing AR-15's as a deliberate attempt to intimidate peaceful protesters.

As a result of this situation, I am preparing a formal complaint against Higher Plain Baptist Church (form 13909) with the IRS, urging the IRS to revoke the tax exempt status and will be submitting the responses to this petition as part of the complaint packet.

Sources:

1. Eventbrite.com Ticketing page for this event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mark-and-patricia-mccloskey-persecuted-by-the-left-are-coming-to-okc-tickets-126895871969?fbclid=IwAR3dTjb1JHmb1I8cgBCJa1irq_g6AlmAm01pYBISZcOYT7OIdUonoaaSAek
2. IRS Publication 1828 (IRS Tax Guide for Churches and Religious organizations) - https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p1828.pdf
3. IRS Form 13909 - https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f13909.pdf

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How it will be delivered

1. We will include send the signatures to the IRS as part of the formal complaint.
2. We will deliver the signatures to the Oklahoma County Election board in person (details pending)


Reasons for signing

  • The gun otters are mentally insane.
  • If they can't abide by the separation of church and state, then the church should be taxed by the state
  • Armed highly partisan citizens outside a church and a voting facility for the express purpose of intimidating others should not be tolerated.

Updates

2020-11-04 11:05:04 -0500

Tuesday was election day and Higher Plain Baptist Church WAS used as a polling place, as illustrated by these pictures:

http://blog.jmb.mx/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/higherplain-voting1.jpg
http://blog.jmb.mx/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/higherplan-voting2.jpg
http://blog.jmb.mx/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/higherplain-voting3.jpg

Please help us keep the pressure up by signing this petition and sharing it.

Also in the coming days, we'll have some news on how the petition signatures will be delivered. The IRS will likely get theirs by mail, but I think the Oklahoma County Election board should get theirs in person, so we may want to schedule a press conference when that happens.

2020-11-02 11:14:20 -0500

Thank you to all who are signing this petition!

Please help us keep the momentum moving by sharing this on social media.

I'm reaching out to some experts on IRS non-profit legal issues to ask for assistance in preparing the complaint, but anticipate that we may be filing in December, so your signatures on this petition will be very helpful.

2020-11-02 04:35:23 -0500

500 signatures reached

2020-11-01 12:37:36 -0500

100 signatures reached

2020-11-01 00:42:54 -0400

50 signatures reached

2020-10-31 17:51:10 -0400

25 signatures reached

2020-10-31 14:35:11 -0400

10 signatures reached