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From our partners at Managing Your Church, regarding the controversial "unconstitutional" clergy housing allowance currently being considered by the American courts:

… the Justice Department filed a notice of appeal this afternoon in the Wisconsin clergy housing allowance case[.]

In late November, a federal district judge ruled the housing allowance provided to clergy was unconstitutional. The judge stayed the decision, pending the appeals process. The deadline for an appeal was this coming Monday, January 27. For the time being, housing allowances are allowed in the Wisconsin district and should be designated by churches there, Hammar said.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago will hear the appeal. The same appellate court overturned a prior ruling by the same judge a few years ago, in which the judge ruled the National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional.

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Posted: January 31, 2014; All posts for week of January 31, 2014

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