On Friday, a United States federal court judge in Wisconsin ruled that that the longstanding housing allowance for pastors is unconstitutional. Judge Barbara Crabb stated that the housing allowance exception “provides a benefit to religious persons and no one else, even though doing so is not necessary to alleviate a special burden on religious exercise.”
What you need to know and how this ruling affects pastors: It is important to note that this decision is from a United States federal trial court in Wisconsin. What this means is that—for right now—this particular district in Wisconsin is all that is affected. If the case is appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, then that appeals court will be deciding the matter for the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. For now, if you are a pastor in Wisconsin, there is a good chance that the Seventh Circuit will have ruled on this by the time taxes are due in April. Even if the decision comes out after Tax Day in April, the IRS grants extensions that extend the deadline from April to October, which is ample time for this case to be resolved.
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Crisis Pregnancy Centers are an often overlooked, but integral, part of America's abortion debate. Listen to Law Talk Live this Saturday to hear Attorney David Gibbs discuss why these pregnancy resource centers are so critical for women experiencing unplanned and crisis pregnancies. Hear first hand how God is using these centers to save lives in a culture that no longer values all life as sacred. Tune-in to Law Talk Live this Saturday at 12:00 noon (EST) to join the discussion!
“Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.” I Chronicles 16: 8
As our government often seems to be turning against America’s founding religious beliefs and principles, it is always good at Thanksgiving to remind ourselves of those basic foundations on which our great nation sits. We here at the National Center for Life and Liberty fight for these founding principles and values every day in courtrooms and legislatures, but parents and churches need to take every opportunity available to instill these values into the next generation.
Today, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument for the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway. The NCLL is before the Supreme Court representing eight of the more than seventy counties that are fighting for the right to open their legislative sessions with prayer in Jesus’ name. Attorney Gibbs attended today’s oral argument and asks for you to pray that the nation’s highest court upholds this vital right. The Supreme Court’s decision will set the standard for legislative prayer for the entire nation.