Federal Judge Strikes Down Clergy Tax-Free Housing Money

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A federal judge in Wisconsin has struck down a longstanding law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances. The judge said such an exemption is unconstitutional because it provides an unfair benefit to religious people and no one else. The case is expected to be appealed. If it stands, it would impact nearly 44,000 clergy from many different religions, possibly cutting their take-home pay by up to 10 percent. The ruling does not affect tax exemptions for parsonages and other congregation-owned housing.

  • Rev. Robert A. Wendel

    Most clergy are grossly under paid considering the level of time and education required for standard ordination, often serving small congregations unable to otherwise pay wages equal to other Master Degree professionals. The Housing allowance is a fair benefit for the congregations and those who agree to serve them.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.

  • Dick Brandlon

    I agree that clergy, as a rule, are underpaid. But so are teachers, nurses and other vital professionals. To single out one underpaid bunch and ignore the rest is clearly unconstitutional. If clergy are to be paid more, let it be by a vote of the parishoners or by contributions from more wealthy congregations.