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End the religious tax exemption?

Mark Oppenheimer, who writes the Beliefs columns in The New York Times, argues for ending the non-profit tax exemption in the wake of Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark Supreme Court case on marriage for same-sex couples.

From the op-ed:

The Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage makes it clearer than ever that the government shouldn’t be subsidizing religion and non-profits

Oppenheimer notes that Senator Mike Lee of Utah publicly fretted that the case would possibly result in churches losing their tax exemption, and […]

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Clergy housing tax exemption upheld…for now

Earlier this week, A Federal Appeals Court in Chicago dismissed a case brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation challenging the tax exemption for clergy housing.  This reversed the decision of US District Judge Barbara Crabb who had ruled the exemption unconstitutional in 2013.  The decision of the Appeals Court to overturn Crabb’s ruling was not based on the merits of the case, but because they found the Foundation had no standing to file the case in the first place.

The […]

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