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Atheist Group’s Challenge To Church Tax Exemption Is Tossed By Court

A federal court has denied a legal challenge by American Atheists (AA), in which the organization sought to end many of the privileges houses of worship receive under the tax code.

In an opinion issued for American Athe­ists Inc. v. Shulman May 19, U.S. Dis­trict Judge William O. Bertelsman seemed to agree with the thrust of Am­erican Atheists’ argument: that the generous tax exemptions church­es receive have no secular purpose and therefore “improperly endorse religion.” Read more

Display Drama: Virginia Official Calls Nonbelievers ‘Terrorists’

Ken Reid of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors doesn’t think much of nonbelievers who stand up for church-state separation.

It’s strictly this group of terrorists,” he told the Washington Times. “They’re fanatics who basically want to stamp out religion in all public life and property.” Read more