Churches are tax-exempt for a reason, aren’t they?

New “hate speech” attack targets Internet | WND

Churches battle lawsuit over rental fees for using public school rooms | Maui News (AP)

ADF asks court to dismiss renewed attack on Hawaii churches

Hawaii’s moral challenges prompt ministry | Baptist Press

Unmuzzling the bully pulpit | AMAC

Hawaii church reaches settlement in atheist lawsuit over public school rentals | Christian News Network

Church to settle suit over Hawaii school rentals | AP

ADF will continue vigorous defense of Hawaii churches

Lutheran church takes case over denied DNR grant to federal appeals court | Columbia Daily Tribune

Christian pre-school excluded from Mo. scrap tire program files appeal

Hawaii church defeats atheists in suit that alleged gov’t fraud | Charisma

In the Spirit: Where was all the support for clergy when lawsuit was filed? | Wisconsin State Journal

Judge dismisses suit against Hawaii churches | The Garden Island

Hawaii churches in court Thursday to seek dismissal of atheists’ baseless lawsuit | Alliance Defending Freedom

Gender Identity and Churches: “Male and Female He Created Them”? | Erik Stanley

Ruling: Church not Required to Hire Pastor Engaged in Homosexual Behavior | Erik Stanley

Hawaii Atheists Lei It on the Line in Lawsuit | FRC Washington Update

    FRC Washington Update: During the debate in the Hawaii legislature, some of these same churches have been outspoken proponents of marriage. Could it be that they’ve been targeted for exercising those rights from the pulpit? Alliance Defending Freedom’s (ADF) Erik Stanley, who’s helping to defend the congregations, is stunned that the atheists would attack such a primary source of Oahu’s public service and charity. “Churches who serve the neediest in their communities should be welcomed, not driven out by false accusations. The claims in the lawsuits are false and are driven by an atheistic agenda that is hostile to churches. The undeniable fact is that these churches were at all times truthful, and they have paid all the required rent to the schools. These churches have not only faithfully paid all of their rent, they’ve sacrificially given much more in service and funding to the schools and communities they love.”


  • Posted: 10/21/2013
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Atheists Sling False Accusations Against Hawaii Church | Charisma News

Defending Hawaiian churches against atheists’ accusations | One News Now

Churches seek to dismiss state school fees suit | Honolulu Star Advertiser (AP)

Preaching “Politics” from the Pulpit | Erik Stanley at Speak Up Movement

Preaching politics from the pulpit | World Magazine

Tree of Life lawsuit sent back to U.S. district court | ThisWeekNews.com

Tree of Life school wins appeal against Upper Arlington | Menafn.com

Church Denied Relief On Denial of Property Tax Exemption

“Evangelical body supports politicking in the pulpit” | Christian Century

IRS takes hits from both sides of pulpit politicking debate | Deseret News

Are Churches at Risk from Redefined Marriage? | Erik Stanley at NRO

Legal-Courts Atheist group gets green light to sue IRS over ‘politicking’ churches | One News Now

Reformers want Congress to end ban on pulpit politicking | RNS at District Chronicles

Atheists, government square off over clergy tax break | The Journal News

Feds Offer Tax Breaks to Influential Atheist Who Fights Against Benefits for Clergy | Christian News Network

Feds say OK to atheists on religion tax break | USA Today via 11Alive.com

Atheists May Qualify for Same Tax Breaks as Pastors | Christian Post

Feds offer atheists a clergy tax break that they don’t want | Religion News Service

Feds say OK to atheists on religion tax break | WBIR

Christian Commission Seeks Congressional Intervention in Keeping the IRS Out of the Pulpit | Christian News Network

    Christian News Network: “The report shows that black churches have, for lack of a better word, gotten away with it for many years,” said Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), who helped to advise the Commission in the compilation of the report. “Simply put, this gets the IRS out of the pulpit.” ADF says that it would like to see the Johnson Amendment struck down in the courts. The amendment, passed in 1954 and introduced by then-Senator Lyndon Johnson, states that churches may not “participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.”


  • Posted: 08/19/2013
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: christiannews.net

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Fixing the 501(c)(3) Political Campaign Prohibition Mess | Christian Post

    Christian Post: Some churches deliberately engage in activities that violate the prohibition, but rarely face consequences. Since 2008, pastors across the United States (approximately 1,600 last year) have participated annually in “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” an initiative orchestrated by Alliance Defending Freedom in which pastors deliver sermons evaluating candidates for public office in light of Scripture. Some support or oppose candidates by name and send transcripts of their sermons to the IRS with a request to be audited. They hope to spark litigation on the constitutionality of the law, but the IRS has not taken up the challenge.


  • Posted: 08/19/2013
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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Should politics return to the pulpit? | Orlando Sentinel

Reformers urge Congress to end ban on pulpit politicking | Religion News Service on Daily Times

Faith Reformers Work to Get IRS Out of the Pulpit | Charisma News

Christian churches warned of Boy Scout legal risks | Washington Times

Churches take steps to protect marriage

“Churches Fear Lawsuits for Refusing Gay Weddings” | Todd Starnes at Townhall

Recorded: IRS Agent Telling Non-Profit To Keep Faith To Themselves | Erik Stanley at Christian Post

IRS Caught on Tape Telling Nonprofit: ‘Keep Your Faith to Yourself’ | Fox News

IRS to pro-life group: ‘You have to know your limits’ | One News Now

Recorded: IRS Agent Telling Non-Profit To Keep Faith To Themselves

Why This Pulpit Freedom Sunday Is More Critical Than Ever

    Charisma News: “Pastors should be able to speak truth into every area of life without fear or intimidation,” says ADF senior legal counsel Erik Stanley. “Pulpit Freedom Sunday has always encouraged pastors to exercise their constitutionally protected freedom to do just that from their pulpits. This year, marriage is at the forefront of public debate. There’s no better time for pastors to equip their congregations with the truth about marriage and why it matters for children, families, society, civil government and the church.”


  • Posted: 06/10/2013
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  • Category: Uncategorized
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We double-dare you, IRS: pastors sign up, preach politics on ‘Freedom Sunday’ | One News Now

Pulpit Freedom Sunday takes on controversial issues | Florida Today

Biblical Definition of Marriage, Same-Sex Unions to Top Sermon Notes This Sunday | Christian Post

Vote could ‘gut’ famed Boy Scout program | WND

Eagle Scout urges BSA: Don’t abandon your values | One News Now

Franklin Graham vs. the IRS | Barry Lynn of AU at Washington Post

2 “Pulpits and Patriots” conferences set for Oklahoma | Edmond Sun

IRS antics are nothing new, churches have been bullied for years | Erik Stanley at Speak Up Movement

Taxing the Third Space | Forbes

Megachurch Denied Property Tax Exemption For Gym And Bookstore/Cafe | Forbes

    Peter J. Reilly at Forbes: The church was represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom. Erik Stanley of ADF had commented earlier in the litigation: “Tax exemptions for churches are vitally important because it doesn’t make sense to penalize organizations that help serve the community and don’t exist for profit–and that’s certainly true with this church,” Stanley explained. “The taxing authorities in this case determined that the facilities were not integral to a religious purpose of the church, but the government is ill-equipped to determine what is and what isn’t a legitimate religious use. That’s why it shouldn’t be delving into church affairs. Doing so violates the constitutionally protected rights of the church.”


  • Posted: 04/11/2013
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.forbes.com

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Will your church be forced to evict its Boy Scout Troop? | Erik Stanley at Speak Up Movement

The Institution God Created – Pastors Joining Forces on Marriage | Erik Stanley at Speak Up Movement

Attorney: Church bylaws should define marriage | Baptist Press

    Michael Foust at Baptist Press: Bylaw language defining marriage in the biblical sense doesn’t mean a church won’t face a suit or a complaint, but it does mean the church would be in a much better situation legally, said Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for ADF. “I think we’re in a day where every church needs to have a statement in its bylaws of its doctrinal beliefs on marriage and sexuality,” Stanley told Baptist Press. “This is a proactive approach that churches can take to head off any claims of discrimination in the future, should they occur. There’s no magic language for such a bylaw statement, but it should be some form of a statement of the church’s religious beliefs.


  • Posted: 02/12/2013
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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Disabled Kids Not A Danger, Says ADF | One News Now

The Crumbling Wall of Separation | RealTruth.org