In early November, Rector J. Edwin Bacon told parishioners at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, Calif., that the Internal Revenue Service was examining the church for a possible violation of its nonprofit status.
According to a letter from the IRS, the investigation is due to an antiwar sermon delivered by the church's former rector, George Regas, on the weekend before the 2004 presidential election. In the sermon, which Regas prefaced by saying that he didn't intend to tell anyone how to vote, Regas imagined a debate between Jesus and candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry, and rebuked President Bush for the war in Iraq.
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