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Erik Stanley, JD Biography

Senior Legal Counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom
Pro to the question "Should Churches (Including Mosques, Synagogues, etc.) Remain Tax-Exempt?"

“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?,”, Mar. 7, 2012

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
  • Other:
  • Also known as Erik W. Stanley
  • Twitter: @ADFErik
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Should Churches (Including Mosques, Synagogues, etc.) Remain Tax-Exempt?