Entries by David Niose

Church Tax Exemption: Swatting Away Lame Defenses

When you challenge religious privilege in America, it doesn’t take long for the defenders of the faith to take up arms. My recent Washington Post piece, arguing that it’s time to consider making churches pay their fair share of taxes, has resulted in just such a backlash. Writing in The Federalist, co-authors Paul R. DeHart […]

Court allows our church-state lawsuit against Texas school board to go forward

Our AHA legal team has scored a victory in Texas, where a Fort Worth federal court has refused to dismiss our church-state case against a local school board. The suit alleges that the Birdville School District’s policy and practice of opening meetings with prayers violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. After the AHA team filed […]

A Boy Scout can worship a rock, but can’t be an atheist

In doing some research about the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on atheists — they don’t allow nonbelievers as members or leaders — I came across an interesting piece of reading. It’s a document that appears to be a BSA internal memo from 1991 describing and explaining the organization’s policies against atheists, girls, and gays.

Reason Rally set for June 4, 2016

Several of the nation’s largest secular groups are joining forces to sponsor another Reason Rally in Washington, D.C.  Like the first Reason Rally in 2012, the event will be a celebration of secularity, with a festival atmosphere and a lineup of speakers and entertainers. Tens of thousands of seculars from all over the country and […]

Time to Tax Churches?

The Washington Post asked me to write a piece on whether churches should be taxed. I was glad to oblige, and the article ran today. In answering the question, I pointed out that America’s growing nonreligious demographic should give political momentum to the idea of removing religious privilege from the tax code. The piece can […]

New Event: Suffolk Law in October

I’ll be visiting Suffolk University in Boston in October as a guest speaker of the law school’s Secular Legal Society. The event will take place at the law school (120 Tremont Street) and is scheduled for Wednesday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m.

Teacher or Preacher?

Our latest legal complaint at the American Humanist Association involves a Texas teacher who promotes Christianity in her classroom. She’s placed a large Christian cross in the room, and she’s made statements such as telling the class that nobody is perfect except for one person, “Our Lord.” Here’s a story from the local newspaper, the Brownsville […]