A church is demanding a correction and an apology from the Internal Revenue Service after the IRS closed a two-year examination of its tax-exempt status that had been prompted by a guest sermon delivered on the eve of the 2004 presidential election.

The IRS began investigating All Saints Church of Pasadena, Calif., after it featured a sermon titled "If Jesus Debated President Bush and Senator Kerry" by the church's rector emeritus, Rev. Dr. George F. Regas, on Oct. 31, 2004. The following June, the IRS informed the church that it was being investigated for violating its nonprofit status by intervening in a political campaign. Earlier this month, the IRS told the church that it would be allowed to retain its tax-exempt status, even though there had been a violation.

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