Should the Ministerial Exception Apply to Functions, Not Persons? | Yale Law J. at SSRN

IRS Revokes Closed Hospital’s “Church Plan” Ruling To Get Insurance For Retirees

WV: Church trustees sue Huntington over municipal land use regulations

TN Appeals Court Upholds Taxation Of Part of Church’s Family Life Center

Suit Challenges Catholic Cemetery’s Headstone Rules

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

South Carolina Episcopal Bishop Sues Break-Away Parishes Over Right To Be Identified As Protestant Episcopal Church

California Trial Court Issues Tentative Ruling Against Episcopal Church In Property Dispute

The Pastor, the Pulpit, and Politics | Faith and Liberty Talkshow at Ohio Christian U.

PA: Nonprofits told to justify tax exemption

When Is a Church Not a Church? | Paul Coleman at Bell Towers

Santa Rosa Diocese requires its teachers to reject ‘modern errors’

Hungary Constitutional Court strikes down church law

Defending Religious Freedom | Bill Blacquiere of Bethany Christian Services at Christian Post

NC: Court Denies TRO To Stop Church’s Amplified Music

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.


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OH: Catholic-school administrator fired for backing marriage redefinition

OH: No minister’s exemption for Catholic school that fired teacher over out of wedlock IVF pregnancy

The Crumbling Wall of Separation | RealTruth.org

EU Court Holds Hearing On Right Of Religious Groups To Make Employment Decisions Based On Religious Affiliation

Some Rabbis Will Refuse To Comply With NYC Informed Consent Circumcision Rule

Christian School’s Lawsuit May Test Court Ruling

Maine: Rockland reaches tentative settlement over church’s tax payments

Does the Gun-Control Legislation Violate Separation of Church and State? | Jordan Lorence at NRO

Appeals Court Upholds Rabbi’s Firing With Differing Views On Ministerial Exception

Atheists sue IRS for not Enforcing the Johnson Amendment against Pastors | Erik Stanley

Nigeria: Should Religious Organisations Pay Taxes?

New legal services site launched to protect religious organizations from ‘dark legal clouds gathering across our nation’

Ninety Days After Speaking Out on Politics, IRS Ignores Pastors | Erik Stanley at LifeNews

NY: “Catholic-school teacher was branded ‘worse than gay’ for being transgender: suit” | NY Post

Quebecer fined for arranging Catholic Mass in rented building

Texas Supreme Court To Decide Fate Of Episcopal Properties

Montana Supreme Court: Hutterites must pay workers comp.

Worcester, Mass., synagogue, day school building seized by IRS

Preachers under fire: politics from the pulpit breaks the law, some say | Mercury News

EU lets Catholic Church off its billion-euro tax bill

UK: Charity Commission is picking on Brethren, say MPs

Can the Westboro Baptist Church (the Funeral Picketers) Be Stripped of Their Tax-Exempt Status Because of Their Views?

KY: Claim Against Archdiocese By Bookkeeper Who Exposed Abusive Priest’s Presence Is Dismissed On 1st Amendment Grounds

Marriage redefinition – implications for churches | Joel Oster on Faith Matters in Maine

Report On Enhancing Accountability of Religious Organizations Released

Saving the Preachers: The Tax Code’s Prohibition on Church Electioneering (2012) | Nicholas P. Cafardi at Duquesne U.

Rendering unto Caesar? | Alliance Defending Freedom

Politicking From the Pulpit and the Tax Man: Thanks to IRS inaction, preachers aren’t sure what they can say about election matters. | WSJ

Pastors challenge IRS rule with partisan talk | The Press Enterprise

Pastors Defy IRS Rule on Church and Politics

How US churches exploit tax exemption to promote faith-based politics | The Guardian

Pastors Challenge IRS Rule With Partisan Talk | NBC Bay Area

IRS Accused of Losing $100 Billion a Year by Allowing Politicized Churches to Remain Tax-Exempt

UK Supreme Court: Institute of the Brothers of Christian schools can be held liable for sexual abuse by its members

Study shows impact of pulpit politics | Cal. Family Council

Atheist Group Sues IRS Over Church Involvement in Political Campaigns

Atheist group sues IRS over churches endorsing politics | World

How Churches Have Brought the IRS to Its Knees: If God plays politics, then God should pay taxes.

Atheist Group Sues IRS Over Church Endorsements | Tennessean

Freedom From Religion Foundation sues IRS for failure to enforce ban on church politicking | God Discussion Blog

Atheists sue IRS for ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ | Washington Times

FFRF Challenging Pastors’ Free Speech | One News Now

Tennessee Church Fights for Tax Exemption | Citizen Link

Atheist Group Sues Over Religious Electioneering

FFRF Sues IRS Over Non-Enforcement of Electioneering Restrictions On Churches

Will Tenn. gov’t be allowed to decide what ‘ministry’ is? | Alliance Defending Freedom

Freedom from Religion to expand | WI State Journal

FFRF contests bishops’ electioneering

FFRF questions ‘vote biblical’ campaign, urges IRS to investigate Billy Graham

Complaint to IRS Against Catholic Bishops is Bogus ‘Scare Tactic,’ Religious Rights Attorneys Say | CNSNews

Soros-funded group accuses Catholic bishops of ‘electioneering’ for Romney | LifeSiteNews

Court Upholds Sale Of Polygamous Church Assets

Pulpit politics: Pastors endorse candidates, thumbing noses at the IRS | NBS (includes videos)

    NBC (includes several videos of pastors): About 1,600 pastors across the country violated a 58-year-old ban on political endorsements by churches in October by explicitly backing political candidates in their Sunday sermons, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom of Scottsdale, Ariz., a conservative Christian legal organization behind a campaign called Pulpit Freedom Sunday . . . The Alliance Defending Freedom asserts that it’s working to further the rights of all religious groups, but it’s an explicitly Christian organization, with a heavy representation of evangelical members and leaders. One clue to its philosophy is that it made it Pulpit Freedom “Sunday” — choosing the Christian Sabbath, instead of more broadly embracing the Jewish Sabbath (Saturday) and the Muslim day of worship (Friday) . . . But Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, said it’s clear that the agency is sidestepping the issue. “We surmise the IRS has shut down all its church audits,” Stanley said. As time goes on, he added, “It may become clear that the IRS has taken the position that it will not censor a pastor.”


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Has the IRS given up on auditing churches? | Erik Stanley at Speak Up Movement Church Blog