Judaism vs. Scientology -- who gets the education deduction?
conlawprof at YAHOO.COM
Fri Aug 25 08:22:01 PDT 2000
Doesn't the special deal the IRS made with Scientology
violate the core principle of the EC--denominational
equality? Doesn't it violate the core principle of the
Free Speech Clause--viewpoint neutrality? But who
would have standing to raise these constitutional
--- Alan Gunn <Alan.Gunn.1 at ND.EDU> wrote:
> The Service's Scientology fiasco ought to be
> investigated; it is hard to
> see any innocent explanation for what the government
> did. After winning
> Hernandez, it "settled" its other disputes with the
> Scientologists and, in
> the process, gave them exactly what the Supreme
> Court said in Hernandez
> they could not have. It then kept the settlement
> secret for years,
> disclosing what it had done only after it had become
> public knowledge
> because of what the church had told its members
> about the settlement. This
> is the same agency that recently audited Paula
> Jones, Juanita Broaderick,
> Linda Tripp, and Elizabeth Gracen, in each case
> shortly after they
> discussed their dealings with our current president.
> One can make a decent argument, on the
> merits, that the church's position
> in Hernandez was sound. If so, however, the
> government should resolve the
> problem by rewriting the regulations, not by making
> secret deals with
> (some) religious groups.
> Alan Gunn
> Notre Dame Law School
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