WI federal judge rules clergy tax-free housing exemption is unconstitutional

FFRF: Tax this guy
via Alliance Alert
My Christian Daily: U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb ruled on Friday (Nov. 22) in favor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, saying the exemption violates the establishment clause because it “provides a benefit to religious persons and no one else, even though doing so is not necessary to alleviate a special burden on religious exercise.”

Opinion: Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Lew

Religion Clause Blog: Court Holds That Tax Code’s Parsonage Allowance Violates Establishment Clause

Eugene Volokh at the Volokh Conspiracy: Tax Exemption for Ministers’ Housing Expenses Violates the Establishment Clause

Freedom from Religion press release  
We should start taxing the Missionaries of Charity too.  


  1. I would be OK with that if they wanted to simply cap the tax exemption at a reasonable figure. There is no reason that taxpayers need to subsidize the 7-figure homes for televangelists.


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