Thanks to a Wisconsin federal Judge, the Freedom From
Religion Foundation (FFRF) has won an initial victory in
challenging the housing allowance for pastors.
Barbara Crabb says the atheist group has standing to pursue the
lawsuit, but one attorney doesn't think a court will agree.
Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel tells OneNewsNow the FFRF
claims the housing allowance provided by the Internal Revenue
Service violates the Establishment Clause and equal protection
aspects of the U.S. Constitution.
"The problem is that the leaders of Freedom From
Religion Foundation do not have a housing exemption, are not
eligible for a housing exemption, and so their grievance against
this is just ideological, but it has no direct impact on them," he
explains. "Therefore, they have no standing."
So, Staver believes Judge Crabb's decision will be overturned if
it is appealed to a higher court.
He recalls a similar case in which the same judge allowed the
FFRF "to go forward in a lawsuit because they had a general
grievance against the National Day of Prayer. She was reversed by
the court of appeals, which said that the Freedom From Religion
Foundation had no standing," the Liberty Counsel founder
He believes the FFRF views the parsonage allowance as an
establishment of religion, which is a violation of the
Constitution. However, Staver asserts that is not the case, and he
says the atheist group cannot legitimately claim any injury.