Last updated on: 8/8/2019 | Author: ProCon.org

Freedom from Religion Foundation Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Churches (Including Mosques, Synagogues, etc.) Remain Tax-Exempt?"
Reasoning:

“It’s wrong that ‘ministers of the gospel’ receive almost a billion-dollar-a-year tax benefit, and do not pay their fair share of taxes just because they’re religious clergy, or even just for possessing ordinations or acting like clergy. Jewish cantors get the tax benefit. Even ordained basketball coaches at parochial schools may receive it. Megachurch pastors can write off up to the fair market value of their mega-mansions…

The congressional Joint Committee on Taxation has reported that the exemption amounts to $700 million a year in lost revenue.”

Freedom From Religion Foundation, “Clergy Housing Allowance Boondoggle Continues… for Now,” ffrf.org, June 14, 2019

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The Foundation and its staff attorneys act on countless violations of separation of state and church on behalf of members and the public including: Prayers in public schools, payment of funds for religious purposes, government funding of pervasively sectarian institutions, and the ongoing campaign against civil rights for women, gays and lesbians led by churches.”

FFRF, “About the Foundation FAQ,” ffrf.org (accessed Aug. 8, 2019)

Mission:

“The purposes of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc., as stated in its bylaws, are to promote the constitutional principle of separation of state and church, and to educate the public on matters relating to nontheism.”

FFRF, “About the Foundation FAQ,” ffrf.org (accessed Aug. 8, 2019)

Other:
Publishes the newspaper Freethought Today
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Churches (Including Mosques, Synagogues, etc.) Remain Tax-Exempt?