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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Annie Laurie Gaylor
The leader of an atheist group reportedly is incensed that the U.S. government has granted it a tax exemption, citing allowances for religious organizations — and she's even angrier at learning that she's considered a minister under the Internal Revenue Service code.
An atheist organization is suing the Internal Revenue Service for failing to take action against churches that the group says have violated the tax code for nonprofits by engaging in politics.
The Wisconsin group challenging the constitutionality of a cross on a war memorial in Rhode Island says it expects to prevail without the type of long legal battle that unfolded over a prayer banner ordered removed this year from a public high school.
A statue of Jesus on U.S. Forest Service land in the mountains over a Montana ski resort faces potential eviction amid an argument over the separation of church and state.
A theists don't want Texas Gov. Rick Perry to have a prayer day this summer. On Wednesday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asked a federal judge to block "The Response," an event where Christians would gather in Houston to turn to God for direction and unity for an aggrieved nation. The anti-God brigade insists this is a First Amendment violation, and it will also seek a restraining order to bar Mr. Perry's participation.
Annie Laurie Gaylor, the co-president of FFRF, said to the News and Observer that "there are churches on every other corner, tax-free, where you can go and pray and you can go to Bible study, but it shouldn't be through the athletic department."
The group's co-president, Annie Laurie Gaylor, said in a written statement: "It's unfortunate to see a sectarian symbol that is increasingly used as a symbol of political intimidation in our state capitol.