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September 09, 2013

Tax-Exempting Atheists

This atheist group isn’t happy about it, but it’s still obviously true. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

In the wake of the IRS scandal in which the tax-exempt applications of conservative groups were stalled, it comes as a big surprise that a different group was awarded tax-exempt status without even asking.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation, a national organization of atheists dedicated to expunging faith from the public square (you know—the grinches always suing over nativity scenes), have been granted the same tax benefits as a religious group. And Annie Gaylor, who heads the Foundation, is none too pleased.  “We are not ministers,” she insists. “…we are not a church.”

So she did what her group does best: filed a lawsuit. But the U.S.  Justice Department filed its own brief, maintaining Buddhists and Taoists don’t believe in a God either, but are still considered religions. It’s good to see the Feds recognize that atheism is as religious a worldview as any other. Now maybe they can get back to those tax exempt applications for religious conservatives. For The Point, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Atheists incensed after IRS grants them tax exemption as religious group

By Cheryl K. Chumley | The Washington Times |August 21, 2013


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  • September 16, 2013 // 12:41 pm //  # 
    Zach Ross's avatar Zach Ross

    I find it humorous to see a group that vehemently denies religion getting tax exemptions just like a religious organization.  It seems like everybody can recognize their worldview as a religion but them.

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