Professor Edward Zelinsky was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article about the tax exemption given to clergy. He does not believe the tax break that’s given to clergy violates the First Amendment. But the tax break is under scrutiny by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a self-proclaimed guardian of church-state separation based in Madison, Wis., that challenged the tax break, and won, in a Wisconsin court.
Zelinksy told the Chicago Tribune, “Separation is not what they’re after,” Zelinsky said. “They’re after a form of equality. There’s no more entangling relationship than those who have wages withheld from the government.”
Last month, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that the clergy housing allowance favored religion over secular groups and violated the First Amendment.
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