And We Allow The Catholic Church Tax Free Status…Why, Exactly?
It never ceases to amaze me that right wing religious figures are granted a tax exempt status in return for not meddling in political affairs. That’s the point, right? The government cannot interfere with or influence religion and religion doesn’t interfere with or influence politics. At least not overtly.
Well, like all right wing anything, they want their cake and they want to eat it, too.
Meet Bishop Daniel Jenky, another in a looooong line of religious right hypocrites that would simply explode if it was suggested his church pay taxes. Yet, he had this to say:
Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services, and health care.
In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama – with his radical, pro abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path.
So, to summerize, telling religiously affiliated institutions that they cannot force their religion onto other people is somehow violating the First Amendment and is just like Hitler and Stalin. But preaching politics in clear violation of the IRS’s rules is not big deal because if they revoke your status it would be an “attack on religion.”
You know, as atheism continues to be the fastest growing “religion” inthe United States, I cannot wait until real pressure is applied to strip these churches that play politics of the cushy little scam they have going. If you’re going to act as a partisan political entity then you’re no longer just a religious institution, you’re part of the political system. Time to pay your taxes, thank you.