Christian Leaders Question Senate Probe

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Nearly two dozen Christian leaders are questioning a Senate investigation of six ministries, saying it sets a "dangerous precedent."

This week, the leaders sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, arguing that the investigation falls short of the set IRS parameters for warranting a church investigation.

The letter also suggests the ministries were targeted for their theology, since they all preach a so-called "gospel of prosperity."

A Senate committee spokeswoman responded that the probe is about tax-exempt laws -- not church doctrine.

The ministries under investigation are led by Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, Eddie Long, Joyce Meyer and Paula and Randy White.

The ministries have been asked to submit their financial records. Some have already cooperated, while others have refused or only partially cooperated.

The letter's signers include American Family Association chairman Don Wildmon, Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission and the Reverend Rob Schenck of the National Clergy Council.

 Source:  The Associated Press

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