Dan Barker Reveals a Busy 2013 for the FFRF (IRS Beware!)

February 19, 2013
Dan Barker

Dan Barker

Advocating for the Non-Religious Through Growing Pains & Good Humor

Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation with Annie Laurie Gaylor, joins me for a humorous and informative interview. Barker discusses current church and state lawsuits, examines issues concerning nonbelievers, and reveals the foundation’s growing pains. We even share a few jokes. The foundation, based in Madison, Wisconsin, is a non-profit organization that advocates for non-theists, promotes separation of church and state, and educates the public on atheistic, agnostic and nontheistic issues. Barker is a contributing editor of Freethought Today, a newspaper published by the foundation, and is involved with the foundation’s state/church lawsuits. He regularly travels the country and the world giving lectures, performing concerts, and participating in debates with theists, many at college and university campuses. Both Barker and Gaylor co-host Freethought Radio, a national weekly talkshow on the Air America network.

MP3 File
(28 minutes, 53 seconds, 13.87 MB)

To read about the “parsonage exemption” lawsuit, click here. To read about the “religious electioneering” lawsuit, click here. To read about the lawsuit filed against the IRS by the American Atheists, please click here.

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One Response to Dan Barker Reveals a Busy 2013 for the FFRF (IRS Beware!)

  1. February 20, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I support the FFRF challenge to IRC 107, the provision of the Internal Revenue Code that allows ONLY “ministers” to have all or part of their income designated as housing and be non-taxable for federal income tax purposes.

    I was delighted to hear Dan make a reference to those infamous “basketball coaches” at places like Pepperdine University who can register as ministers and claim the benefit.

    Last I checked, the case was scheduled for trial in January of 2014. Dispositive motions, however, are due to be filed by the end of June this year and, in a best case scenario, the Court could rule IRC 107 UNconstitutional via a summary judgment motion and avoid the need for trial.

    Whichever way the case goes, it might be expected that appeals will be filed and the issue will eventually wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court unless Congress and the President act, which they should, to repeal IRC 107.

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