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Published On: Sun, Dec 16th, 2012

Atheists to challenge tax exemption of the Church, Jesus is myth billboard erected in Times Square

From the American Atheists on Facebook this week, the Secular Coalition of America is developing a media and lobbying strategy for challenging special tax exemptions given to churches.

Wednesday the coalition held a meeting to discuss church-state issues. The agenda for the meeting:

  • “Politicking from the Pulpit”
  • “Direct Tax Privileges”
  • “Financial Disclosure Exemptions”

Tax exemptions for nonprofit organizations are a topic of interest because of the fiscal cliff negotiations between Congress and the President. Also, last week the Religious Policy Commission released its first report to Senator Grassley.

According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy,

Senator Grassley said that if Congress follows through with plans to overhaul the tax code, many of the issues raised in the reports compiled by his staff and the commission “will be ripe for review.”

Jesus is a Myth billboard in Times Square, New York screenshot of Fox Video coverage

Jesus is a Myth billboard in Times Square, New York screenshot of Fox Video coverage

Many religious freedom activists will fear the Secular Coalition’s actions, whistleblowers opposing fraud in churches will welcome the idea of churches being required to file a 990 and disclose their income. Currently churches are not required by law to disclose their income. Unless a church’s articles of incorporation or bylaws require financial disclose, the church can keep its finances secret.

The photo is a new billboard in New York at Times Square, screenshot from a FOX video: http://video.foxnews.com/v/2036472475001/

Keep the Merry Dump the Myth billboard from the American Atheists photo/ Facebook

Keep the Merry Dump the Myth billboard from the American Atheists photo/ Facebook

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  1. Atheists roll out anti-church billboards with ‘skip church’ message - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] targets Christmas, Christianity and religious freedoms on billboards across the country. In a similar campaign, the 2012 “Keep the Merry and Dump the Myth” billboard targeted Christians and created […]

  2. Tommy says:

    Never heard about them attacking anyone else, it seems they are targeting only the one group.

  3. Brandon Jones says:

    Very good question

  4. Todd says:

    My question is: are the Atheists attacking other religions like Islam, Buddhist, Hindu or is it just a bored hateful American group funded by God(ooops sorry atheist) knows who attacking Christianity/conservatives??

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