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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.”