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Judge dismisses anti-religious group lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Wisconsin-based group representing atheists and agnostics against the Internal Revenue Service after the IRS says it instituted a protocol for investigating tax-exempt churches and religious organizations involved in political activity.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman issued the order dismissing the lawsuit Friday.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation and the IRS submitted a motion last month asking the judge to dismiss the case filed in 2012.

The lawsuit alleged that the IRS was violating the U.S. Constitution by not enforcing the federal tax code, which prohibits tax-exempt religious organizations from electioneering.

The co-president of the anti-religious group says it agreed to drop the lawsuit after the IRS provided proof that investigations resumed last year.

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