Monday, August 16, 2010

Is Preaching Against Homosexuality a Hate Crime?

image If you are not familiar with it, you should check out Richard Hammer’s article on “Preaching About Homosexuality.”  The article is from Your Church magazine and was posted in July. 

When Pres. Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Act as part of the National Defense Authorization Act into law, all sorts of claims were made about how the law would affect churches, particularly preachers who spoke out against homosexual practice.

The article was written by Richard Hammer who “is an attorney, CPA, and best-selling author specializing in legal and tax issues for church and clergy. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he is senior editor of Church Law & Tax Report, a bimonthly newsletter.”

When I was at my last church, we subscribed to the Church Law and Tax Report, and it almost always had helpful information about changes in laws or cases concerning churches and ministers. 

Again, you can find the article here

2 comments:

Anna said...

*Is* it a crime? One of my friends says that her preacher could get in trouble for preaching against homosexuality.

All I get connected to in the links are books to buy. No answers.

~Anna

Cal Habig said...

Unfortunately "Your Church" magazine ended its 50+ year run in 2011. So, their site is no longer active. HOWEVER...fortunately, the same article appears on the "Church Law & Tax" site. You can find it here:
http://www.churchlawandtax.com/private/library/viewarticle.php?aid=134

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