Saturday, May 07, 2005

Tax This

if the news is to be believed, and why would anyone question any news, churches are increasingly telling parishioners how to vote, well, technically, the church itself doesn't say much; some human church official does the political work. prior to the recent presidential election some catholic bishops or cardinals told catholic voters that it would be a religious sin/error to vote for kerry. fundamental and evangelical christian voters, we are told, got the official pastoral (if that is the right term) word on the proper vote. now some pastor pretending to be a real christian has drummed democrats out of his congregation, although maybe they would be allowed to sit in the rear if they pledged to vote republican.

tell me again why churches don't pay property tax? "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;......" so why is the subsidy of a tax break not supporting religion? aren't there rules about tax-exempt businesses--excuse me---institutions not engaging in politics? i think that everyone should be able to play politics and everyone should pay taxes. churches benefit from the infrastructure of roads and other publicly funded services like police and fire protection as much as private businesses and corporations and should pay their share. oops. i forgot that corporations are mostly avoiding taxes now.