Wiccans challenge Bible tax exemption
Group claims it unfairly paid levy on satanic scripture
Posted: February 11, 20061:00 a.m. Eastern
Florida's Supreme Court will hear arguments in a lawsuit by a Wiccan organization against a state law that exempts Bibles, religious publications and ceremonial items from sales tax.
The Wiccan Religious Cooperative of Florida says it paid sales tax on the purchase of the "Satanic Bible" and the "Witch's Bible Compleat," but instead of seeking a refund, it filed suit claming Florida Statute 212.06(9) violates the Establishment Clause.
The U.S. Constitution's First Amendment says in part, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
Orlando-based Liberty Counsel filed a brief in defense of the state law, arguing the Wiccan group has no standing to sue, because, even if the law were struck down, it would not receive the refund it claims is due. Story