Haller v. Pennsylvania: Court Rules Tax Exemptions Must Be Available for All Religious Literature

Haller v. Pennsylvania: Court Rules Tax Exemptions Must Be Available for All Religious Literature

Haller v. Pennsylvania

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Decided: Haller v. Pennsylvania - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules that tax exemptions offered only to certain types of religious literature and not to other types of religious literature or any non-religious literature is unconstitutional.

Although this decision does not have any legal force outside of Pennsylvania, it is part of a trend across the country to eliminate narrowly tailored tax exemptions which only benefit religious organizations or particular types of religious publications. In this case, for example, Steven Zupcic became involved because he noticed that there was a tax levied on the Koran and Haggadah, but not the Bible.

Why single out the religious scriptures of Christianity, but not Judaism or Islam? Moreover, why single out religion at all? As Felice Newman commented, "Who gets to decide that the Bible is sacred but a book on sexual spirituality is not?"

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