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Atheist group files suit to end tax break for ministers

Bob Smietana, The Tennessean • Feb 16, 2010 at 12:00 AM

According to The Tennessean, a nationwide atheist group is asking religious leaders to take Jesus' advice and render unto Caesar what is Caesar's — especially when it comes to taking the federal tax break on their housing.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation says the housing exemption gives churches an unfair advantage because they can compensate their leaders with tax-free housing. Other nonprofits, such as the foundation, can't do that. So it's suing the federal government to outlaw the housing allowance."We think the law is rotten at the core," said co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor. "It is not constitutional, it is not fair, and it is not necessary."

Read the full report at The Tennessean's Web site.

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