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Atheist group suing over Jenky letter

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 11:24:02 CST
By: AP

A Madison Wisconsin-based group of atheists and agnostics argues in a federal lawsuit that the Internal Revenue Service is violating the US Constitution by allowing tax-exempt churches and religious organizations to get involved in political campaigns. The Freedom from Religion Foundation filed the lawsuit in US District Court in Madison. It cites full-page ads run this fall in the New York Times and other newspapers by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and a letter Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky required to be read in churches the weekend before the presidential election. The lawsuit argues that not enforcing the law prohibiting tax-exempt religious organizations from electioneering results in preferential treatment not provided to other tax-exempt organizations, including the Freedom from Religion Foundation.   

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