A taxpayer's lawsuit has been filed in the state of California contesting the use of taxpayer's money to persecute the Church of God. In the suit several California members are asking the courts to prohibit the Attorney General from using tax monies to interfere in church affairs contrary to constitutional mandate which guarantees separation of church and state.
The suit also questions the application of a section of the California Corporations Code to churches. The Attorney General is trying to say the Church of God is a "charitable trust" on a par with any secular organization such as the March of Dimes. The Church is a legal entity in the state of California organized as a "non-profit corporation." It is not — a charitable trust (which solicits money from the public) and has never been viewed as such in the past. However, as an excuse to exercise excessive controls over a church, the Attorney General contends that a church can be examined and regulated to the same extent and in the same manner as any other charitable organization.