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New York church gets legal reinforcements in school rental fight

Religious Liberty
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/22/14, 03:16 pm

NEW YORK—Churches, synagogues, and religious groups representing thousands of churches across the country filed an amicus brief on Monday in support of the Bronx Household of Faith’s challenge to New York City’s policy forbidding churches from renting public schools for worship services.

The brief, filed at the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, urges the full court to rehear the case after a panel of three judges ruled against the churches earlier this month.

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Tax benefit at risk for ministers of all faiths

Religious Liberty
by Sarah Padbury
Posted 4/17/14, 02:50 pm

Faith groups such as the Eastern Orthodox Church, Hindus, Muslims, and Protestants together filed an amicus brief last week in support of tax-exempt housing allowances for ministers.

The brief supports the appeal of a November 2013 federal court ruling that the 60-year old tax exemption, called the “parsonage allowance,” was unconstitutional because it served no “secular purpose.”

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Gay activist sues over decision to allow Christian law school

Religious Liberty
by J.C. Derrick
Posted 4/15/14, 05:05 pm

Only three days after a new law school at Trinity Western University (TWU) received its latest approval—this time from the Law Society of British Columbia—a potential student has filed suit over the school’s community covenant. That covenant requires students and employees to abstain from “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.”

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