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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Atheists lose bid to overturn IRS' religious exemptions

By Mark A. Kellner




The continuing battle by to overturn tax provisions favoring houses of worship and ordained clergy took a hit this week when a federal judge tossed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service


JewishWorldReview.com | You don't have to believe in the Divine to be considered a "church" and get tax breaks, a federal district judge in Kentucky told atheists, striking down their objections to tax exemptions granted religious organizations and ordained clergy.


U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman in Louisville ruled that the American Atheists Inc. did not have legal "standing" to challenge the exemptions, which include a "parsonage allowance" ruled unconstitutional in November 2013 by another federal judge in Wisconsin. The debate involves Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or I.R.C.


"We're very disappointed in the court's decision," American Atheists President Dave Silverman said in a statement. "The court has upheld a prejudiced government practice. This isn't just about atheists; American Atheists will continue to fight this blatant discrimination on behalf of all taxpayers and all Americans. Make no mistake: this case is not over."


The atheists maintain the Internal Revenue Service, whose then-commissioner, Douglas Shulman, was named in the lawsuit, "discriminates in its filing requirements for nonreligious nonprofit organizations compared to its requirements for religious organizations and churches."


The religious groups, in other words, get breaks other nonprofits don't qualify for in terms of a need to file applications for tax-exempt status, certain reports and the ability of ordained clergy to allocate a portion of their paychecks as a "housing allowance," which is exempt from income tax. Churches can also opt out of collecting Social Security and Medicare taxes


The atheist groups say it would violate their conscience to apply for religious exemptions, even though the IRS, Bertelsman noted in his opinion, allows for this: "A review of case law establishes that the words 'church,' 'religious organization,' and 'minister,' do not necessarily require a theistic or deity-centered meaning" in order to qualify for IRS designation as a tax-exempt religious organization."


Bertelsman wrote, "Thus, the Atheists' assertion that they are subjected to unconstitutional discrimination and coercion due to their alleged inability to gain classification as religious organizations or churches under I.R.C. 501(c)(3) is mere speculation. At this point, the Atheists have no idea whether they could gain classification as a church or religious organization under I.R.C. 501(c)(3) because they have never sought such classification."


That may — or may not — bolster the arguments made by critics of a Nov. 22, 2013, ruling by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb who declared Section 107(2) of the I.R.C. unconstitutional "because the exemption provides a benefit to religious persons and no one else, even though doing so is not necessary to alleviate a special burden on religious exercise."


That case is due to be appealed to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, and pro-exemption religious groups — including the Seventh-day Adventist Church — are expected to file briefs supporting the provision.


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Speaking with Adventist Review magazine last year, Tom Wetmore, an associate general counsel for the Adventists, said Crabb's ruling was "a huge deal because it would have a dramatic impact in how the church compensates its ministers. We have long depended on this tax benefit for the compensation package for our clergy in North America."


The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, which also supports the parsonage exemption and other church tax breaks, believes the Kentucky ruling might influence the appeals court verdict: "The judge ordering the dismissal of the lawsuit in Kentucky specifically referenced the Wisconsin court's decision in the (Freedom From Religion Foundation) case, calling it unpersuasive and not applicable," the group said in a statement.


Other evangelical voices were also pleased. Christianity Today magazine's website headlined its report on the Kentucky ruling as "Good News for Churches Worried About Losing Their Pastor's Best Benefit to Atheist Lawsuits."

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