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Suit dismissed

A federal district court in Kentucky dismissed in May atheist groups’ claims that the Internal Revenue Service treats churches and religious groups more favorably than other nonprofits. The court ruled in American Atheists Inc. v. Shulman that the groups lacked standing because they never applied for exemptions as religious organizations or ministers — titles that, according to the court, don’t necessarily require theistic meaning. Among other things, the atheist groups had claimed they were subject to unconstitutional discrimination and coercion.


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