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Legal Challenge To Clergy Housing Exemption Tossed By Appeals Court

A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit that attempted to have the tax-exempt clergy housing allowance declared unconstitutional.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) had sought to end the exemption, but lost its case on “standing” – or the right to file the lawsuit. Read more

When Silence Speaks Volumes: Illinois Law Promotes Prayer, And The Court Knows It

When the “moment of silence” bill first came up for vote in the Illinois legislature years ago, some House members sang a song on the floor to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence.” It went:

Hello, school prayer, our old friend

It’s time to vote on you again

In our school house without warning

You seek a moment in the morning.

The words made very clear these legislators’ intent in proposing the measure: to bring government-sponsored prayer back into the public schools. Read more