Supreme Court Says State Can't Force Christian Groups, Charities to Disclose Donor Names christian chat room logo Saturday, September 25, 2021 7:42 PM GMT+1
       Reset Password        Click here to sign up.
 
home page
Home
       Our Daily Bread Daily Devotional online
Our Daily Bread
       The Good Seed Daily Devotional online
The Good Seed
       The LORD is near Daily Devotional online
The LORD is near
       Andrew Wommack Daily Devotional online
Andrew Wommack
       Billy Graham Daily Devotional online
Billy Graham
 
christian chat room
Christian Chat Room
       general chat room
General Chat Room
       trending chat room
Trending
 

Christian Chat Room Topic

Supreme Court Says State Can't Force Christian Groups, Charities to Disclose Donor Names - Christian Chat Room

Supreme Court Says State Can't Force Christian Groups, Charities to Disclose Donor Names details picture Supreme Court Says State Can't Force Christian Groups, Charities to Disclose Donor Names
Posted by Temmy Fri, July 02, 2021 4:28pm
Details
Supreme Court Says State Can't Force Christian Groups, Charities to Disclose Donor Names

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday sided with a Christian legal group in striking down California’s requirement that nonprofit organizations disclose the identities of their major donors

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday sided with a Christian legal group in striking down California’s requirement that nonprofit organizations disclose the identities of their major donors.

The case was watched closely by Christian and religious liberty organizations, who argued that such a requirement can discourage charitable giving, especially if the donations in question are made to groups that take sides in hot-button cultural issues.

At issue is a California law that requires nonprofits to disclose to the state attorney general the names and addresses of their major donors found on IRS Schedule B (to Form 990). Although the information is intended to remain confidential, it has in the past accidentally become public.

The court, in a 6-3 ruling authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, said the law violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The court’s conservative bloc formed the majority.

The Thomas More Law Center, a Christian legal group, brought the case alongside the Americans for Prosperity Foundation.

“The upshot is that California casts a dragnet for sensitive donor information from tens of thousands of charities each year, even though that information will become relevant in only a small number of cases involving filed complaints,” Roberts wrote. “California does not rely on Schedule Bs to initiate investigations, and in all events, there are multiple alternative mechanisms through which the Attorney General can obtain Schedule B information after initiating an investigation.”

California was one of only three states with the requirement, Roberts wrote.

The disclosure requirement “creates an unnecessary risk of chilling” in violation of the First Amendment, Roberts added.

“The petitioners here, for example, introduced evidence that they and their supporters have been subjected to bomb threats, protests, stalking, and physical violence,” Roberts wrote. “Such risks are heightened in the 21st century and seem to grow with each passing year, as ‘anyone with access to a computer [can] compile a wealth of information about’ anyone else, including such sensitive details as a person’s home address or the school attended by his children.”

Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented the Thomas More Law Center, applauded the decision.

“The Supreme Court has confirmed that every American is free to peacefully support causes they believe in without fear of harassment or intimidation,” said ADF senior counsel John Bursch. “Public advocacy is for everyone, not just those able to weather abuse. Forced donor disclosure is a threat to everyone and discourages both charitable giving and participation in the marketplace of ideas. The court correctly upheld the First Amendment’s promise of the freedom to associate with like-minded groups, which includes the right to donor privacy.”

First Liberty Institute also applauded the ruling. It filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of Citizen Power Initiatives for China.

“The freedom to associate with others of like mind is indispensable to freedom,” said Kelly Shackelford, president of First Liberty Institute. “Again today, the Supreme Court recognized that the disclosure of names and addresses of citizens simply for belonging to a cause is chilling to the freedom of association. Cancel culture is bad enough without the government forcing organizations to reveal the names of their donors so they can be attacked.”

Source





 

More From Christian Chat Room Archives


Evangelical CEO Dave Ramsey’s company fired employees who had premarital sex
Evangelical CEO Dave Ramsey’s company fired employees who had premarital sex
Posted on Thu, April 01, 2021 9:51am


Months after a former employee alleged in a lawsuit that she was fired by evangelical CEO Dave Ramsey’s Ramsey Solutions after becoming pregnant, the company’s lawyers responded in a recent court filing that she was fired for having premarital sex and so were multiple others.

Ramsey...More
China: Pastor of heavily-persecuted church hospitalized after attack by communist authorities
China: Pastor of heavily-persecuted church hospitalized after attack by communist authorities
Posted on Sat, May 29, 2021 12:17pm


The pastor of a heavily-persecuted house church in China’s southwest Guizhou Province was hospitalized after being detained and brutally beaten by Chinese Communist Party authorities.

Persecution watchdog China Aid reports that on May 23, as Pastor Yang Hua of Guiyang Living Stone Church...More



Views: 47  Replies: 0
 




For enquiries, notifications and ad placement send mail to [email protected]
Copyright 2012 - 2021 All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy || Terms & Conditions