Will Ministers’ Housing Exemption be Erased?

Satan’s minions are still hard at work, this time by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (whose very name is a perversion of the First Amendment’s “Freedom of Religion”).

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has filed suit to end the housing tax break provided to ministers.

The FFRF is arguing that since others are not afforded that accommodation, it represents a government endorsement of religion. But Theriot contends the Constitution has a special protection for religious freedom — so religion can get special attention. He further adds that the housing allowance is an accommodation, not an endorsement.

“The Supreme Court has upheld that rule of law in many different cases, like exemptions from Title 7, the prohibition on discrimination in the workplace, [and] also the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act that basically protects religious organizations from unlawful laws or discriminatory laws regarding land use,” [Kevin Theriot, senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF)] explains.

The attorney stresses that many small-town churches can only attract pastors by providing housing or through the inducement of a tax exemption. If the FFRF were to prevail, the impact would be devastating on those churches. Theriot believes the case is yet another frivolous lawsuit from the Foundation.

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