This is a mess - there's a lawsuit filed against the tax exemptions specific to clergy, because they are unfairly applied and result in non-clergy paying more to make up the difference. The federal government's defense against the law suit states both that the clergy exemption was put in place to "fight godlessness" (um, hello, constitution?) and also states that atheist leaders should be given the exemption as well, since atheism can be a religion (citing non-theistic faiths like Buddhism), so they should take the exemption, sit down and shut up about it.
Someone please explain to me how you fight godlessness by giving a tax break to the FFRF against their will, to aid them in promoting godlessness? (and more to the point, why are they working so hard to sidestep the real issue being brought up by the FRFF, that the tax break is unfair when other self-employed people are not eligible for it)Answer Question
This....makes no sense to me at all. FTFA:
"In a brief, the Justice Department argued leaders of an atheist group may qualify for an exemption. Buddhism or Taosim don't include a belief in God and are considered religions, the government's lawyers argued, so why not atheism?"
It is embarrassing that federal lawyers actually said this, in any setting. It is so clearly ignorant that it is cringe worthy
"The Internal Revenue Service does require, among other things, that a "minister" be seen as a spiritual leader and provide services for a religious organization."
Atheism isn't spiritual. Spirituality is defined, at its most basic, as pertaining to the spirit or soul. Atheism doesn't recognize a human soul so there is no way that the head of an atheist organization can be a spiritual leader of anything.
Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 10:42 AM on Aug. 21, 2013
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Answer by bandgeek521 at 10:57 AM on Aug. 21, 2013
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Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 2:39 PM on Aug. 21, 2013
Answer by sahmamax2 at 2:48 PM on Aug. 21, 2013