Politics, Taxes, and the Pulpit

Politics, Taxes, and the Pulpit : Provocative First Amendment Conflicts

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In Politics, Taxes, and the Pulpit: Provocative First Amendment Conflicts, Nina J. Crimm and Laurence H. Winer examine the conflicts of religion, politics, and taxes that occur when houses of worship engage in electoral political speech. The authors analyze the issues involved when federal tax subsidies are granted to non-profit houses of worship. These subsidies, granted on the condition that houses of worship refrain from political campaign speech, result in multi-faceted constitutional tensions engendered among the fundamental values embodied in the First Amendment: free speech and free press, the free exercise of religion, and the avoidance of government establishment of religion. Crimm and Winer also explore the history of taxation of houses of worship, and conclude by offering several feasible legislative proposals for reform of the tax provisions.show more

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  • Hardback | 420 pages
  • 165.1 x 236.22 x 35.56mm | 748.42g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195388054
  • 9780195388053
  • 1,445,000

About Nina J. Crimm

Nina J. Crimm is Visiting Professor of Law and Visiting Scholar in Residence at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law in New York. She is the author of numerous articles and books involving taxation and First Amendment issues relevant to non-profit organizations and philanthropy and writes a quarterly column, The Quarterly Commentator, for The Exempt Organization Tax Review. Laurence H. Winer is Professor of Law and Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science, & Innovation at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Professor Winer is the Faculty Editor of Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology, and is a member of the First Amendment Advisory Council of the Media Institute in Washington, D.C., an independent, non-profit research foundation specializing in issues of media and communications policy.show more

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"Crimm and Winer deserve credit both for providing a clear and thorough overview of the many complicated policy and constitutional issues raised by the existing prohibition on churches and other houses of worship supporting candidates as well as for developing thought-provoking proposals for addressing at least some of those issues. Any person desiring a guidebook for this complicated field would be well advised to read this book. Finally, although the authors focus on legal rules and decisions, their clear explanations make the book accessible to nonlawyers as well as to legal scholars." --Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Journalshow more