Texas flip-flop: UUA is church after all

Unitarian Universalists win tax exemption
The Unitarian Univeralist Association prides itself on having no official creed and boasting an unorthodox mix of religious beliefs. As such, the Texas state comptroller recently denied tax-exempt status to a UUA congregation in Denison because it “does not have one system of belief”—then reversed the ruling after the unusual denial became widely known.

The Red River Unitarian Universalist Church was one of 17 groups denied tax-exempt status by Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn since 1999, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. At issue was whether the church qualified as a religious organization with a belief in “God, or gods, or a higher power.” Strayhorn had also rejected bids from New Age, atheist and witches groups to qualify as religious.


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