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Tax laws and religious speech: what the Constitution says
Tax laws and religious speech: what the Constitution says

Today's question: Does the Constitution have anything to say about the relationship between federal tax law and political speech by clergy? Previously, Stanley and Lynn discussed how far ministers can delve into politics without inviting federal scrutiny, whether churches should receive tax exemptions at all and if federal tax law muzzles free speech from the pulpit. 1st Amendment trumps the Johnson Amendment Point: Erik Stanley What the Constitution says about the interplay between tax law and a pastor's speech form the pulpit isn't surprising. Essentially, the 1st Amendment trumps the Johnson Amendment, the law that prohibits tax-exempt churches from endorsing or...

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