The organization, which is known for various charitable operations such as its support of impoverished and orphaned Ugandan children, is notably Christian, pro-life, and opposes the concept of marriage being shared by anything other than one man and one woman.
Memphis-based non-profit Indigenous Advance Ministries has filed a complaint to the #Tennessee Attorney-General's office over concerns its accounts were closed because the bank disagrees… pic.twitter.com/kMhHHaVRwV
— Jan Evelyn ✝️📖🇺🇸🤺 (@JEM_Books) August 22, 2023
BofA issued a letter that it was canceling Indigenous Advance Ministries’ account on April 24; the financial institution gave the group only a 30-day notice. The notification read: “Upon review of your accounts, we have determined you’re operating in a business type we have chosen not to service at Bank of America,” according to the Daily Mail.
Representatives of the group say that have “repeatedly” asked for a justification for the sudden shutdown.
About a month later, BofA sent a follow-up message that stated: “Upon review of your accounts, we have determined you’re operating in a business type we have chosen not to service at Bank of America.”
In reaction to the de-banking, Indigenous Advance Ministries board members Steve Happ and Bob Phillips penned a letter to the Tennessee attorney general’s office in order to request assistance on the matter.
“Being forced to transition so quickly caused a great deal of trouble for us,” begins the letter. “It also disrupted our mission to Uganda in June and we were temporarily unable to pay salaries in Uganda. And we were left very confused.”
“Our mission and work, supporting Ugandan children and families through indigenous Ugandan Ministries, has remained the same since we were founded and first opened our accounts with Bank of America.”
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a nonprofit legal organization that works to protect the constitutional rights of Americans, also moved to contact the state’s attorney general.
“We filed a complaint asking the TN AG Jonathan Skrmetti to investigate whether this de-banking was due to religious discrimination,” ADF wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
CASE FILED: Bank of America canceled the accounts of Indigenous Advance Ministries with scant explanation and minimal warning.
We filed a complaint asking the TN AG Jonathan Skrmetti to investigate whether this de-banking was due to religious discrimination.
— Alliance Defending Freedom (@ADFLegal) August 22, 2023
BofA has denied that religious values ever played a role in its controversial cancelation.
While BofA claims that religious beliefs “are not a factor in any account-closing decision,” the firm curiously could not point to the exact part of its policy claiming it does not service debt collections upon being asked to do so by the Daily Mail.
Source: The Post Millennial
Darian Douraghy is an American journalist who has a passion for the great outdoors. You can find him on Twitter: @Darian__AZ
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