The headlines have been dominated this week by news that some IRS agents audited groups with the words "Tea Party" and "patriot" in their organizations' titles.
Now, Dr. James Dobson claims that his "Family Talk Action Corporation" was subjected to "viewpoint discrimination" by the IRS.
In a press release, Dr. Dobson described his corporation as a "Christian ministry" that provides "Christ-oriented advice" by "speaking to cultural issues that affect the family."
Dr. Dobson says that his Family Talk Action Corporation filed a Form 1024 to the IRS to be given 501(c)(4) status.
However, an IRS agent told Family Talk Action Corporation's lawyer over the phone that the application would probably not be granted because Family Talk is "not educational," sounded like a "partisan right-wing group" and added "you're political" because you "criticized President Obama, who was a candidate."
Dr. James Dobson and his conservative guests have attacked President Obama and candidate Obama for years, often with wild claims such as Obama having "dictatorial powers."
Dr. Dobson was slammed publicly in 2008 by fellow Christian Jim Wallis on HuffingtonPost.com for his imaginary doomsday "Letter From 2012 in Obama's America," in which Dr. Dobson falsely predicted bizarre scenarios if then-candidate Barack Obama was elected president.
According to Wallis, some the wacky things that Dr. Dobson claimed would happen by 2012 included:
"Churches losing their tax exempt status for not allowing gay marriages, pornography pushed in front of our children, doctors and nurses forced to perform abortions, euthanasia as commonplace, inner-city crime gone wild because of lack of gun ownership, home schooling banned, restricted religious speech, liberal censorship shutting down conservative talk shows, Christian publishers forced out of business, Israel nuked, power blackouts because of environmental restrictions, brave Christian resisters jailed by a liberal Supreme court, and finally, good Christian families emigrating to Australia and New Zealand."
After threatening the IRS with a lawsuit, Dr. Dobson's corporation was granted "the request for 501(c)(4) status."
Dr. James Dobson stated in his press release: "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."