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David and Goliath: The fight to end a billion dollar tax break for “ministers of the gospel”

CAL 0388 David and Goliath: The fight to end a billion dollar tax break for "ministers of the gospel"

There’s an old legal adage that’s been reworked many times over. When you don’t have the law, argue the facts. When you don’t have the facts, argue the law. In none of its permutations does the quote end: “and when you’ve got nothing, just list off a bunch of names.” But that’s ADF’s brief. It is the longest legal brief I’ve ever seen and is neither brief, nor truly legal. It’s a cudgel, meant to stun the judges into ignoring the law.

ACLU joins FFRF in ranks of groups opposed to Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The long overdue celebration over the decision that makes gay marriage just marriage overshadowed an important piece of news for the secular movement. On June 25, the ACLU announced that it would no longer support the Religious Freedom Restoration Act—the federal law Hobby Lobby used to successfully challenge the contraception provisions of the Affordable Care Act. FFRF […]

’The atheists are excluded’

There were a few (very few) hopeful moments during the U.S. Supreme Court’s oral arguments Nov. 6 on the constitutionality of prayers opening governmental meetings. The case — Town of Greece v. Galloway — is brought by Americans United on behalf of plaintiffs Linda Stephens, an atheist and FFRF member, and Susan Galloway, who is […]

Not-So-Civil Disobedience: Pulpit Freedom Sunday and Voter Coercion

AndrewSeidelPressKitPhotoUpdate Not-So-Civil Disobedience: Pulpit Freedom Sunday and Voter Coercion

This past Sunday, Oct. 7, was “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” a day when rogue pastors around the country intentionally dare the IRS to enforce the U.S. tax code by endorsing political candidates. This year almost 1,600 pastors participated. The Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly Alliance Defense Fund) organizes the charade using a portion of their $35 million […]