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  • Federal Judge Strikes Down Housing Allowance for Clergy

    10/10/2017 6:26:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/9/17 | AP
    A housing benefit that saves clergy $800 million a year in taxes has been deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge. Under the law, housing allowances paid as part of clergy salary can be subtracted from their taxable income. Religious freedom advocates fear the ruling could force many churches in poor areas to close.MADISON, Wisconsin - A federal judge in Wisconsin has struck down as unconstitutional a law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances, in a ruling that could have far-reaching ramifications for religious leaders, who could be facing new taxes which will threaten their ministry. Under the federal law passed...
  • Federal judge tells Pennsylvania county to drop the Christian cross from its seal

    09/30/2017 9:46:53 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/29/2017 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A federal judge has ordered a Pennsylvania county to remove the cross from its seal, saying it violated the Constitution. Lehigh Valley County, which is about 40 miles north of Philadelphia, will have to redesign its seal after U.S. District Judge Edward Smith ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an organization that promotes separation of church and state and which filed the lawsuit against the county, according to The Morning Call. Smith made it known in his ruling that he was not happy about the decision he had to make but was following the...
  • Crowd’s Reaction After Atheists Get Lord’s Prayer Recitation Banned From High School Football Game

    09/26/2017 9:45:46 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 27 replies
    Faithwire ^ | 09/26/2017 | Billy Hallowell
    An Alabama school district decided to halt its decades-old practice of reciting the Lord’s Prayer over a loudspeaker before high school football games after atheists complained — but that did little to stop fans from still belting out the biblical invocation. The fascinating moment, which united players, fans and parents from both teams, came on Friday night when the announcer called for a moment of silence in place of previous student-led prayer at Smiths Station High School games, AL.com reported. The Lee County School System decided to halt the Lord’s Prayer tradition after the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist...
  • Trump wants atheist group's suit over church order dropped

    08/22/2017 9:52:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 22, 2017 7:24 PM EDT
    The Trump administration wants a judge to nix a legal challenge to a presidential order easing enforcement of an IRS rule that limited religious organizations’ political activity. The Justice Department on Tuesday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed in May by a Wisconsin-based atheist group. The Freedom From Religion Foundation argues President Donald Trump’s order is unconstitutional because it grants preferential treatment to religious organizations while secular groups must still abide by the law. …
  • Atheists Unhappy With White House Bible Study

    08/05/2017 7:28:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 08/04/2017 | BY: Andrew Kugle
    Atheist groups are unhappy with President Donald Trump for allowing a weekly Bible study to take place in the White House.The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) said the Bible study might even be an illegal use of taxpayer funds, the Washington Times reported Thursday."If those officials want privacy, the solution is pretty damn simple: Study the Bible in your private capacity, not in your official capacity and at your government desk," the group said in a statement Thursday. "Do it on your time, not the taxpayers'. In short, get off your knees and get to work."The person behind the Bible...
  • Madison woman helps fund abortions

    08/22/2010 11:02:16 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 106 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 8/22/10 | Doug Erickson
    MADISON — At all hours, strangers phone Anne Nicol Gaylor's Madison home, always desperate.The caller one recent morning was a middle-aged woman with a 14-year-old pregnant daughter."What clinic will she be using?" asked Gaylor, 83, jotting down the response and the cost of a second-trimester abortion ($875)."If we helped with $300, do you think you could find the rest?" Gaylor asked.After the call, Gaylor opened a checkbook for the Women's Medical Fund, a Madison nonprofit that has helped pay for abortions for 34 years. Gaylor has written every check for every abortion.This was No. 18,986.Controversial figureGaylor is well-known for...
  • Satanic Monument To Be Installed In Veterans Park

    05/05/2017 4:29:37 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 41 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 5/5/17 | AP
    BELLE PLAINE, Minn. (AP) — A veterans’ memorial park in Minnesota will soon include a satanic monument among its tributes. The city is allowing the monument in its Veterans Memorial Park after the Freedom from Religion Foundation threatened to sue over another statue that features a soldier praying over a grave marked with a cross. The cross was removed once the issue was raised, but residents rallied to put it back.
  • Atheists Sue President Trump Over His ‘Religious Liberty’ Executive Order

    05/05/2017 10:03:38 AM PDT · by blackbetty59 · 49 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 5, 2017 | Carlos Barria
    An atheist group is suing President Donald Trump over his religious liberty executive order, which loosens restrictions on political activity by religious groups. The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit Thursday in federal court against Trump and the Internal Revenue Service, claiming the order is unconstitutional because it makes government favor religion over nonreligion. Although the executive order applies to all nonprofits, FFRF believes it will be selectively enforced so as to only benefit churches and religious organizations.
  • Town rallies after being forced to remove Christian flag [Rienzi MS]

    02/05/2017 6:24:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    WREG, CBS 3, Memphis TN ^ | 03:20PM, February 4, 2017 | Nina Harrellson
    More than 100 supporters showed up to a rally in a small Mississippi town Saturday to fight back after being forced to remove a Christian flag flying over Veterans Memorial Park. One organization stepped in and threatened to sue if the flag wasn’t taken down. But the Christian supporters say they’re not backing down. “There just comes a point in time when you’ve got to be politically incorrect and take a stand,” said organizer Kevin Nelms. They rode from the VFW in Corinth, 12 miles, to the Veterans Memorial Park in Rienzi, proudly waving their Christian flags. The same flag...
  • Ex-Muslims’ request for anniversary cake denied by Wegmans for being “offensive to Muslims”

    06/21/2016 6:52:33 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 41 replies
    Bare Naked Islam ^ | 06/20/2016 | Bare Naked Islam
    EXMNA The request included a picture of the Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA) name and logo, with a caption of “Congratulations on 3 years!”, but was refused by an associate from the Fairfax branch of the popular chain, stating that the request was “offensive.” EXMNA representatives called Wegmans bakery to clarify, and were refused again, with no explanation on why the logo, name, and caption was considered offensive. After conferring with management, the Wegman’s employee stated that her boss(es) would not change their stance on the issue. The associate further added that – the store had Muslim workers, “my employees...
  • Satanic, Atheist Literature to be Distributed in Colorado Middle and High Schools

    03/30/2016 7:36:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 29, 2016 | 3:04 PM EDT | Mark Judge
    News channel KJCT8 in Colorado is reporting that atheist and satanic groups are going to be circulating atheist, secular and satanic literature to middle and high school students in Delta County, Colorado. In December, Gideons made Bibles available for students at public schools in Delta County. That led to a student complaint, and led to secular groups such as the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers and the Satanic Temple to apply for similar distribution. …
  • Atheist Group Objects to Muslim Prayer Spaces at University of Iowa

    03/29/2016 3:21:20 PM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    breitbart ^ | March 29, 2016 | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    A litigious atheist organization known for its lawsuits challenging Christian prayer and symbols in public spaces and Bibles in public schools is now voicing objection to the designation of a Muslim prayer space at the University of Iowa (UI). The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) says it is “questioning the appropriateness” of the two prayer rooms created primarily for male and female Muslim faculty and students at UI. FFRF states in a press release: The public university, located in Iowa City, has recently established two prayer rooms for its Muslim students. This is in addition to a longstanding university...
  • How to Respond to Prayer Shaming

    12/19/2015 9:18:14 PM PST · by TBP · 17 replies
    Acculturated.com ^ | December 15 | R.J. Moeller
    So what are well-intentioned people of faith supposed to do? How does one respond to the incessant onslaught of negativity, criticism and legal action aimed at those who choose to make their religious convictions known in the public square? Perhaps a good place to start would be the example set by the young men of the Naperville Central High School football team in suburban Chicago. After representatives from The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a complaint against Coach Mike Stine’s voluntary practice of allowing players who want to to gather on the field and pray before games, senior player Daniel...
  • Liberal activists try to get Jesus portrait removed from courthouse; residents revolt

    09/28/2015 7:06:08 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 19 replies
    Allen West ^ | 9/28/2015 | Ashley Edwardson
    We’ve often reported here on the efforts of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FRFF) to remove all vestiges of “religious” symbols in public places – and by religious, it’s really only the Christian religion they object to. Their actions extend to public schools, military facilities and public offices. Most recently, FFRFF has drawn a red line in the sand in Breathitt County, Kentucky. Jesus must go. For some time, the FRFF has been trying to get a picture of Jesus removed from the courthouse. There’s just one little problem. FRFF can’t find anyone in Breathitt County to act as their...
  • Police cars’ ‘In God We Trust’ decals draw complaints (Childress, TX)

    09/06/2015 10:32:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 6, 2015 1:04 PM EDT | David Warren
    A police department in a Texas Bible Belt community has placed large “In God We Trust” decals on its patrol vehicles in response to recent violence against law enforcement officers, drawing criticism from a watchdog group that says the decals amount to an illegal government endorsement of religion. The decision by police this month to unveil the phrase in Childress, an agricultural community of some 6,100 people at the southern edge of the Texas Panhandle, follows a similar move by dozens of other police agencies elsewhere in the country. […] … (O)f the dozens of complaints about the decals lodged...
  • Atheists Warn Football Coaches and Chaplains Not to ‘Instill Christianity in Vulnerable Young Men’

    08/24/2015 10:22:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 24, 2015 | 11:35 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    An atheist group is demanding that publicly funded universities take immediate steps to bar Christian coaches and chaplains from “converting football fields into mission fields.” “The words of coaches and chaplains make clear that their purpose is to instill Christianity in vulnerable young men,” the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) says in a new report, titled “Pray to Play.” “Public universities and their employees cannot endorse, promote, or favor religion,” the report states. “Yet, many football coaches at public universities bring in chaplains—often from their own church or even members of their own family—to prey on and pray with students,...
  • The IRS vs. The Church

    04/27/2015 9:33:46 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 27, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The IRS targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups prior to the 2012 election was an unconscionable abuse of power for which accountability and punishment have been noticeably absent. But this was and is not the only use by the Obama administration of the power to tax to attempt to destroy its political opponents. The IRS is also involved in targeting what President Obama has called “less than loving” Christians through the mandates of ObamaCare and its attack on the free exercise of religion through the attempted coercion of mandated health insurance coverage This administration’s war on religion is...
  • s Atheist Group's Complaint Backfires, Lands Nativity In Full Public View

    12/19/2014 1:37:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    cns news ^ | December 15, 2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) -- When the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) went after a city council in Jay, Fla., for displaying a nativity set on public property, the atheist group might have won a battle, but seems to have lost the war. The FFRF, known for protesting any and all religious displays in public places, sent a complaint letter recently to local officials in the 526-person city of Jay, arguing against the life-sized nativity that had been set up on the site every Christmas for nearly 40 years, the group said in a press release. In a letter sent to the city’s...
  • Satanic Temple Approved For Capitol Holiday Display (FL)

    12/04/2014 10:35:10 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 39 replies
    miami.cbslocal.com ^ | December 4, 2014
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — Florida’s Capitol will have a new holiday decoration this year. The Satanic Temple will be among its nativity scenes and secular presentations. It’s for Festivus, a non-commercial festival “for the rest of us,” is close to coming back as a 6-foot stack of empty beer cans. The Florida Department of Management Services this week approved the proposed holiday display from the Satanic Temple, which a year ago was rejected because the agency said its proposal was “grossly offensive.” The temple’s entry was one of five displays that got approval to be put up in the first-floor rotunda...
  • Oklahoma school district caves to atheist group, cancels Bible elective

    11/27/2014 5:55:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    An Oklahoma school district is reportedly walking back plans to begin offering students an elective course on the Bible after facing pressure from a major atheist group. The class, called “The Book: The Bible’s History, Narrative and Impact,” was developed, in part, by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green, and it was set to launch in Mustang Public Schools, Raw Story reported. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) said on its website Tuesday that the district canceled the class after Hobby Lobby allegedly did not provide the district with the final curriculum for approval and did not “commit to providing legal...