Religious Nonprofits in the Trinity Lutheran Era

On June 26, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued what has been described as "one of the most important rulings on religious rights in decades." In Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, Chief Justice John Roberts explains that the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment "...protects religious observers against unequal treatment.” The government “may not deny a church an otherwise available public Read More

News for Churches and Religious Organizations

There are several recent developments of interest for tax-exempt churches and religious institutions.    Johnson Amendment In December’s whirlwind attempt to write and pass a tax overhaul law that could win enough votes in the House of Representatives as well as in the Senate, it was unclear until just before the final conference-reconciliation voting whether the proposed legislation would include a total or partial Read More

Hurricanes, Houses of Worship, and FEMA Help

We reported over the summer about Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, “one of the most important rulings on religious rights in decades." There, Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for a 7-2 majority, explains that the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment “...protects religious observers against unequal treatment,” and rules that a state “may not deny a church an otherwise available public benefit Read More