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(NPR)   So, we're not taxing churches because...why now?   (npr.org) divider line 19
    More: Asinine, Christian Coalition, Gary Bauer, Richard Land, Moral Majority, James Dobson, churches, Southern Baptist Convention, presidential candidate  
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2012-01-13 02:03:10 PM  
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miss diminutive: Raharu: The Entire point of the Separation of Church and state is to make sure the state does not support any 1 religion/church over another, So we should tax all Churches/religions equally.

Even the religion I just made up 5 minutes ago?

/you get oreos instead if communion wafers


Dominus Nabisco!
2012-01-13 01:05:20 PM  
3 votes:

DarnoKonrad: Because Jesus famously said "Render unto God the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's too -- and while you're at it, get filthy stinking rich and self-righteous in my name. It's party time! Suck it Magdalene."


And when he rose from the dead, he probably went back to Pilate's place and said "U mad?"

/for the holy lulz
2012-01-13 02:21:15 PM  
2 votes:
To perform the triage, more than 150 religious conservatives are gathering at a Texas ranch Friday and Saturday. Among the bigger names: Tony Perkins of Family Research Council; Gary Bauer, a former presidential candidate; James Dobson, who used to head Focus on the Family; and Don Wildmon, who once ran American Family Association.

Air strike goes where?
2012-01-13 01:55:22 PM  
2 votes:
Maybe the ATF will raid the place while they're all at their little meeting trying to crown a new messiah and burn the farker to the ground.
2012-01-13 01:29:00 PM  
2 votes:
And yet, Land says: "Before we marry the guy next door, don't you think we ought to have a fling with a tall dark stranger and see if he can support us in the manner to which we'd like to be accustomed? And if he can't, we can always marry the steady beau who lives next door."
That... was not the analogy I was expecting from the values-voter Southern Baptist.
2012-01-13 11:48:16 AM  
2 votes:
Because Jesus famously said "Render unto God the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's too -- and while you're at it, get filthy stinking rich and self-righteous in my name. It's party time! Suck it Magdalene."
2012-01-14 01:28:06 AM  
1 votes:

whidbey: I could give a rip about the Fark Independents™ who make the bullsh*t argument that we'd then have to tax other non-profits.


Show us where on the doll the "Fark Independents" touched you.
2012-01-13 02:07:43 PM  
1 votes:
And then you have the Church of the Subgenius, which has occasionally been under IRS investigation for paying their taxes and refusing to accept tax-exempt status.
2012-01-13 01:59:54 PM  
1 votes:

OneTimed: No, it isn't. It's a pyramid scheme masquerading as a religion.

Say what you want about the silliness of Christianity, at least you aren't forced to pay to learn about Jesus.


It meets the standard definition of religion. What they do with it is another matter entirely, and frankly, if you're stupid enough to pay Tom Cruise to remove the Thetans from your volcano or whatever, that's your own damn fault.
2012-01-13 01:58:04 PM  
1 votes:
Seriously; religions spend all of their tax-free contributions for the betterment of the poor and disadvantaged. This is, of course, their stated goal.

www.ldschurchtemples.com

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2012-01-13 01:55:07 PM  
1 votes:

Cataholic: Seeing as how they are non-prophets, there would be very little to tax.


FTFY
2012-01-13 01:53:44 PM  
1 votes:

OneTimed: SCIENTOLOGY was able to lobby for that status, and to call them a religion is an insult to the word.


It's just as valid a religion as any other.
2012-01-13 01:53:23 PM  
1 votes:

Cataholic: Seeing as how they are non-profits, there would be very little to tax.


Good point. Here's a picture of the headquarters of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, who occupy a small office space in an undesirable building in Madison, Wisconsin.

www.visitingdc.com
2012-01-13 01:53:16 PM  
1 votes:
Because they need that money to cover up child rape?
2012-01-13 01:52:33 PM  
1 votes:
It's political.

If a Democrat tries to remove that exemption, it's an attack on religion.
If a Republican tries to remove that exemption...hah, just kidding. They'd never try.
2012-01-13 01:37:56 PM  
1 votes:

tallguywithglasseson: That... was not the analogy I was expecting from the values-voter Southern Baptist.


Marginally better than "Now we're just haggling over the price" I suppose. But yes, a bit odd.
2012-01-13 01:32:05 PM  
1 votes:
Well, these aren't religious leaders speaking on behalf of their churches; these are religious leaders speaking on behalf of their own religious convictions. I have little doubt as to whether their highly Right Wing Authoritarian followers will be able to keep the distinction straight.


Personally, I'm hoping these guys unite behind Santorum, Perry, or Gingrich as an anyone-but-Romney candidate, and convince the other two to drop out. Huntsman doesn't seem to have much longer in the race. That then leaves a three-way race between Mr. Evangelical I'm-not-Romney, Mitt Romney, and Ron Paul -- who has enough of an obsessed fanbase that he'll be pushing hard until someone gets 50%+1 of the delegates locked up, and which may not happen, period.

And the DNC can recoup their investment in the popcorn market.
2012-01-13 01:04:18 PM  
1 votes:
Love this quote:

"And yet, Land says: "Before we marry the guy next door, don't you think we ought to have a fling with a tall dark stranger and see if he can support us in the manner to which we'd like to be accustomed? And if he can't, we can always marry the steady beau who lives next door."

So, they're advocating for gay flings, followed by settling for the guy next door anyway?
2012-01-13 11:41:59 AM  
1 votes:
If religious types want government out of religion maybe religious types should keep their influences directly out of government.
 
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