The same man from the Bush Administration is still in charge in the Obama administration. That only shows that in big agencies the person at the top does not always initiate wrong doing. This was clearly wrong to single out such groups based upon their having "tea" in their name. There are no indications that any of these groups were refused tax free status just were required to jump through extra hoops to get that status which is wrong and unlawful.
Even a superstitious man has certain inalienable rights. He has a right to harbor and indulge his imbecilities as long as he pleases. . . He has a right to argue for them as eloquently as he can, in season and out of season. He has a right to teach them to his children. But certainly he has no right to be protected against the free criticism of those who do not hold them. He has no right to demand that they be treated as sacred. He has no right to preach them without challenge." -H.L. Mencken