IA: Church denied tax-exempt status because IRS dislikes sacrament

Source: Newsweek

“The IRS has defended its decision to deny tax-exempt status to an Iowa church that uses the hallucinogenic drug ayahuasca in its services and ceremonies. The Iowaska Church of Healing applied for tax-exempt status with the IRS in January 2019. The church was formed in September 2018, according to state records, and listed the home of one of its co-founders, Admir Dado Kantarevic, as its address. The church, which had as many as 20 members at one time, holds a ‘Sacrament of Ayahuasca.’ Its members use the hallucinogenic for spiritual, physical and emotional healing as well as to develop a psychic and spiritual connection to the divine. … The IRS'[s] final decision said it denied the church’s tax-exempt status ‘for multiple reasons,’ including the fact that ayahuasca use is illegal.” (12/30/21)