Should We Be Taxing Churches?

The Importance of Mediation Documents for Churches

Arizona church continues fight against lingering tax bill | One News Now

Indiana diocese in vitro suit must release docs

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

Ariz. church appeals to state’s high court over $50K tax bill | Alliance Defending Freedom

First Amendment Does Not Protect Diocese From Discovery Request

IRS Asks For Input On Form 1023 Used By Applicants for Non-Profit Tax Status

Rafael Cruz energizes Colorado Christians | Washington Times

State Appeals Court Resolves Serbian Orthodox Church Dispute

Church Denied Relief On Denial of Property Tax Exemption

Undermining Christian Legal Society v. Martinez

MN: 2nd “gay teacher” leaves Totino-Grace Catholic School

NY: Ministerial Exception Defense Rejected In Suit By “Transgender Catholic School Teacher”

Texas Supreme Court Says Only “Neutral Principles” Approach Should Be Used In Church Property Cases

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

Churches changing bylaws after same-sex marriage ruling

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

NH: Statements To Pastor Not Covered By Religious Privilege

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

Feds grant religion tax break to atheists

Singapore Church Told To Pay Over Adultery Firing

Lesbian Teacher Fired By Ohio Catholic School Won’t Get Job Back

Atheist Coalition Targets Church Tax-Exempt Status | Charisma News

WI: Pastor Liable For Self-Employment Tax

A history lesson in New Jersey: Lawsuits could be coming to a church near you | One News Now

Churches take steps to protect marriage

Echr: Respect For The Church’s Freedom Justifies The Non-recognition By The State Of A Priests’ Union

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

What’s Religion Got To Do With It? Virtually Nothing: Hosanna-Tabor and the Unbridled Power of the Ministerial Exemption

    Maarsha B. Freeman, What’s Religion Got To Do With It? Virtually Nothing: Hosanna-Tabor and the Unbridled Power of the Ministerial Exemption, [Abstract], 16 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Social Change 133-149 (2013).

    The United States Supreme Court recently ruled against a high school teacher who had claimed discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) after being fired from her lay position at a church-run high school. 2 While the case ostensibly revolved around her claim for reasonable accommodation for a medical condition, 3 the decision was based not on whether such an accommodation was both available and reasonable under the Act, but on whether the school had to provide one even if it were, holding that the Act exempted the school from such requirements merely because of its religious status. 4 . . .

  • Posted: 06/10/2013
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Ohio discrimination ruling calls ‘ministerial exception’ into question

Christian schools at risk! Jury sides with lesbian Catholic school teacher fired for artificial insemination

Federal Court Dismisses Christian School’s Attempt to Stop Teachers From Suing and Awards Attorney’s Fees

IRS Apologizes, More Apologies Necessary | Erik Stanley at Christian Post

Teacher Fired Over Artificial Insemination Testifies In Ohio

Church Electioneering and the IRS: Another Example of Tax Agency Failure | Barry Lynn at Huffington Post

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

Union won’t back teacher fired by Catholic school for same-sex relationship

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

Laissez Faire Marriage Part II

Bishop: Teacher at Catholic school fired for immoral behavior not sexual orientation

Ohio teacher fired for same sex relationship will file complaint against Catholic school

Ex-Catholic has no right to Church job: German court

OH: “Watterson’s firing of gay teacher may violate city law” | Columbus Dispatch

OH: “Backers rally for fired gay teacher: She says Catholic school was told of her female partner”

LBJ and the sixty-year assault on the First Amendment

Taxing the Third Space | Forbes

7th Circuit: Civil Courts Are Bound By Church Ruling That Defendant Is Not A Member Of A Religious Order

South African Human Rights Commission Says Christian Center Violates LGBTI Rights

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.

  • Posted: 02/12/2013
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