• Federal judge strikes down housing allowance for clergy

    Federal judge strikes down housing allowance for clergy

    • Oct 9, 2017

    A housing benefit that saves clergy $800 million a year in taxes has been deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge. Under the law, housing allowances paid as part of clergy salary can be subtracted from their taxable income. Religious freedom advocates fear the ruling could force many churches in poor areas to close.

  • Trump administration issues new contraceptive mandate with greater religious exemptions

    Trump administration issues new contraceptive mandate with greater religious exemptions

    • Oct 6, 2017

    The Trump administration announced an interim rule on Friday that would provide greater religious exemptions to the federal contraceptive mandate. While groups affected by the mandate will still have to seek formal relief in court, advocates for religious freedom are hailing today’s announcement as a significant victory.

  • FEMA sued for discrimination against churches devastated by Harvey

    • Sep 7, 2017

    FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is being sued by three churches damaged by Hurricane Harvey that are being denied relief funding because of their status as religious institutions. Since the 1990s, FEMA has banned houses of worship from receiving federal aid — a policy that the religious liberty law firm Becket is now challenging.