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Erik Stanley, JD Biography

Title:
Senior Legal Counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Churches (Defined as Churches, Temples, Mosques, Synagogues, etc.) Remain Tax-Exempt?"
Reasoning:

“There are very sound and valid reasons for church tax exemption… The social benefit theory justifies tax exemption for churches as a kind of bargain – churches provide needed services, so they are entitled to tax exemption.

One corollary of the ‘social benefit’ theory that is often overlooked is what I have termed the ‘intangible benefit’ theory of tax exemption. This highlights the intangible and often unseen benefits provided by churches to the community. Things like reduced crime rates resulting from transformed lives, suicides prevented when people surrender to Christ, and people with destructive behavioral patterns that harm the community changing into hard-working and virtuous citizens who contribute to the well-being of the community. It is difficult to put a price tag on these types of intangible benefits provided by churches, but there is no question that they exist…”

“Should Churches Be Tax Exempt?,” blog.speakupmovement.org, Mar. 7, 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to churches and taxes. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the churches and taxes issue.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Legal Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly known as Alliance Defense Fund), Nov. 2007 – Present
  • Heads the Alliance Defending Freedom Pulpit Initiative, encouraging pastors to express political views from the pulpit, especially during its annual event, “Pulpit Freedom Sunday”
  • Member of the bar, US Supreme Court and various federal district and appellate courts
  • Member, Florida, Kansas, and DC bars
  • Chief Counsel, Liberty Counsel, Jan. 2004-Nov. 2007
  • Litigation Counsel, Liberty Counsel, May 1999-Jan. 2004
  • Education:
  • JD, Temple University School of Law, 1999
  • BS, History, Asbury College, 1995
  • Contact Info:
    Phone
    800-835-5233 (Alliance Defending Freedom)
    Email
    Online Contact Form
    Website
    Firm profile
    Other:
  • Also known as Erik W. Stanley
  • Twitter: @ADFErik
  • Quoted in:
    Should Churches (Defined as Churches, Temples, Mosques, Synagogues, etc.) Remain Tax-Exempt? – Pro & Con Quotes