Settlement in Lown v. Salvation Army

Settlement in Lown v. Salvation Army

At long last, the case of the employees who sued the New York City Salvation Army, alleging religious job discrimination, is over. On March 18,…

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Mississippi RFRA update

Mississippi RFRA update

On April 3, 2014, Governor Phil Bryant signed into law the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), just a month or so after a social-media firestorm and…

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Elane Photography: no redress from SCOTUS

Elane Photography: no redress from SCOTUS

On April 7, 2014, the US Supreme Court decided not to take up the case of Elane Photography, the small photography business that ran afoul of New…

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More pressure for LGBT federal contracts Executive Order

More pressure for LGBT federal contracts Executive Order

A recent letter from 47 Senators and 148 members of the House asks the President to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating…

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IRS's proposed limits on 501(c)(4)s

IRS’s proposed limits on 501(c)(4)s

Liberal and progressive organizations have joined Tea Party and conservative organizations to heavily criticize the IRS’s proposed new regulations on political activity by 501(c)(4) organizations….

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Obama administration and Religious Freedom Day 2014

Obama administration and Religious Freedom Day 2014

On January 15, the anniversary of the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, which was written by Thomas Jefferson and which is one…

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Charitable tax deduction still under threat

Charitable tax deduction still under threat

Even though we have just enjoyed Thanksgiving, Christmas is just around the corner, and the idea that Congress might actually reform taxes or make other…

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Is the clergy housing allowance unconstitutional?

Is the clergy housing allowance unconstitutional?

IRFA’s sphere of service is faith-based service organizations, not churches and clergy, but only because of a division of labor. Faith-based services (schools, adoption agencies,…

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Makes you think: IRS proposes to restrict (c)(4) politics

Makes you think: IRS proposes to restrict (c)(4) politics

Recently the IRS proposed new rules that are supposed to clarify which kind of political activity is legal for 501(c)(4) organizations. Note that detail: this…

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Vital FBO protections amended into Senate ENDA bill

Vital FBO protections amended into Senate ENDA bill

The ENDA bill–the Employment Non-Discrimination Act–passed by the Senate on Nov. 7 actually better protects religious freedom than when it was introduced–despite strong efforts for…

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