Sen. Chuck Grassley Spreads George Washington Quotation About “God and the Bible”… Even Though He Never Said It
Two years ago, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners decided to replace the moment of silence at their meetings with an invocation prayer.
Missouri County Officials Who Finally Covered Up a Jesus Fish Symbol on a War Memorial Now Reconsidering Decision
Last week, we learned that a war memorial outside the Boone County courthouse in Missouri had finally covered up the Jesus Fish symbol that had been there for 20 years:
The literal cover-up came in response to a letter Americans United For Separation of Church and State sent county officials back in May. Officials feared a losing lawsuit and decided it wasn’t a battle worth fighting.
For years now, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been in a legal battle to end the “Parsonage Exemption” that allows ministers to deduct the cost of rent for their church-owned houses from their taxable income. FFRF believes that this shows preferential treatment by the government for religious leaders.
FFRF’s own board has even paid its co-presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor $15,000 each as part of their housing allowance, but because they don’t qualify as “ministers of the gospel,” the law doesn’t apply to them. That’s one of the ways they’ve tried to prove the law is illegal.