Dan Barker Reveals a Busy 2013 for the FFRF (IRS Beware!)


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Advocating for the Non-Religious Through Growing Pains & Good Humor

Dan Barker, co-president of the of the Freedom from Religion Foundation with Annie Laurie Gaylor, joins me for a humorous and informative interview. Barker discusses current church and state lawsuits, examines issues concerning nonbelievers, and reveals the foundation’s growing pains. We even share a few jokes. The foundation, based in Madison, Wisconsin, is a non-profit organization that advocates for non-theists, promotes separation of church and state, and educates the public on atheistic, agnostic and nontheistic issues. Barker is a contributing editor of Freethought Today, a newspaper published by the foundation, and is involved with the foundation’s state/church lawsuits. He regularly travels the country and the world giving lectures, performing concerts, and participating in debates with theists, many at college and university campuses. Both Barker and Gaylor co-host Freethought Radio, a national weekly talkshow on the Air America network.  

To read about the “parsonage exemption” lawsuit, click here. To read about the “religious electioneering” lawsuit, click here. To read about the lawsuit filed against the IRS by theAmerican Atheists, please click here.

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  1. I don’t have a problem with this suit. As long as the persons requesting relief are engaged in substantially the same business as those currently entitled to it, the tax exemption should be granted.

    I’m not, generally, in favor of the break itself. However, I have a brother who is a minister, and without the tax breaks, his parish could not afford to keep him. He lives in a converted three-room barn, and gets paid $28,000/year for a full-time job for him and his wife. So, if one grants that what he does is good for his community (and I think it is, in general — he provides continuity and visits every damned one of them in the hospital), I can see where society would decide this is worth supporting.

    But every type of “minister” should get the same breaks.

  2. Awesome, this should have been done a long time ago. Discrimination on this scale at the federal level is completely unacceptable and clearly unconstitutional. All credit to American Atheists for taking on this challenge.

  3. If I understand the lawsuit against the IRS correctly, it is being sued because the annual tax return requirements for religious organizations are much easier than those for non-religious tax-exempt organizations. The tax exemption itself is not being contested. I had to file the form 990-PF for my former employer who had a private foundation that mainly channeled his family’s contributions to hospices. I wasn’t aware that religious organizations were exempt from filing this form which lists donors, their annual contributions, the recipients of contributions and the amounts they receive. This form 990-PF also had to be made available to anyone in the public requesting it. I can imagine this puts atheist tax-exempts at a disadvantage because their donor names would be made public. Even if the IRS decides to require religious tax-exempts to also file form 990, it might go far towards revealing how their monies are spent for politicking and not real tax-exempt purposes.

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