FFRF is Suing the IRS, Claiming That It Gives Preferential Treatment to Religious Groups

Today, the Freedom From Religion Foundation along with their Triangle Freethought Society chapter in North Carolina announced that they, too, are suing the IRS in a federal lawsuit because of the government agency’s “preferential treatment of churches in applying for and maintaining tax-exempt status.”

“Why should churches be exempt from basic financial reporting requirements? Equally important, why would churches not wish be accountable?” asks Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president. “Having tax-exempt status is a great privilege, and in exchange for that privilege, all other groups must file a detailed report annually to the IRS and the public on how we spend donations.”

“The unfairness of this is so overwhelming,” says FFRF President Emerita Anne Nicol Gaylor. “There are different rules favoring churches.”

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A Mobile Nativity Scene is Illegally Parked Outside City Property and Officials Are Letting It Slide

The Ellwood City Municipal Building in Pennsylvania has played host to a couple big church/state controversies since last year. In 2010, officials allowed a Nativity Scene — and nothing else — to be displayed inside the building. The Freedom From Religion Foundation rightfully argued that was illegal and were allowed to put up their own display in 2011. That led to this banner going up alongside displays from other religious faiths:

They weren’t expecting that. [Read more...]

Choose the 2012 Atheist Billboard of the Year!

What were the best atheist billboards/signs of 2012?

I selected 18 nominees using the following criteria:

  1. It had to go up in 2012.
  2. I wouldn’t use any particular definition of “best” (meaning the billboard could be the best designed, most controversial, most effective, etc).
  3. I selected the final list. (Otherwise, there were just too many billboards from which to choose.)

The finalists are below (after the jump) and the poll to vote is immediately after that!

The group that ultimately put up the 2012 Atheist Billboard of the Year will receive a $100 donation. Good luck! [Read more...]

Judge Will Allow Students to Remain Anonymous in Lawsuit to Remove Ten Commandments Monument from Their Public High School

This is the Ten Commandments monument sitting outside Valley High School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania (not far from Pittsburgh):

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American Atheists is Suing the IRS, Claiming That It Gives Preferential Treatment to Religious Groups

The IRS loves churches.

How do I know this? On Pulpit Freedom Sunday back in October, more than 1,500 churches openly defied the law and endorsed a candidate for President. The IRS sat back and did nothing about it. Why? Bureaucracy. There was no one in the office who had the authority to initiate the audits, they said. It didn’t sound like they were in a rush to find someone to fill that position, either… [Read more...]


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