2nd January 2013

“The First Amendment is not an invitation for harassment, and Christianity is not a justification for it.”

Kristina Bui

6 Responses to “2nd January 2013”

  1. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    FIRST AMENDMENT: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATION: US churches received an official federal income tax exemption in 1894, and they have been unofficially tax-exempt since the country’s founding.

    In other words Congress made a law exempting churchs from taxation.

    ARGUMENT FOR VIOLATING THE CONSTITUTION: Churches are tax exempt under the principle that there is no surer way to destroy the free exercise of religion than to tax it.

    RECOGNITION OF THE VIOLATION: In its 1970 opinion in Walz vs. Tax Commission of the City of New York, the high court stated that a tax exemption for churches “creates only a minimal and remote involvement between church and state and far less than taxation of churches.

    EXEMPTION EQUATES TO SUBSIDY: As much as one quarter or one-half of a typical U.S. city may be made up of tax-exempt property, much of that churches or church schools.

    “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.” -James Madison

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  2. Larry Carter Center Says:

    President Grant and Senator Blaine tried for 8 years to solve this problem. Grant was the last president to fully condemn church involvement with war. Garfield was a young preacher before he liberalized himself hearing an Emerson Commencement Address the day he arrived at his future college. Garfield spent too few months in office to act on similar fair tax policies. Walz v Tax Commission DOES NOT PROHIBIT taxation of exempt businesses, the case decided ONLY THAT THE CONSTITUTION DOES NOT REQUIRE equal taxation. Congress and the states are free to tax all property except gov’t property. Citizen Walz was a plaintiff. Colorado defeated a tax exempt properties referendum BECAUSE NO STRINGS WERE SET ON WHAT TO DO WITH THE MASSIVE INFLUX OF revenue from exempt property owners. If a bill or referenda proposed 99% return of funds pro-rata to EXISTING TAX PAYERS, voters & politicians might go for it. 843-926-1750 @Greens926_1750 we need tax relief, not increased spending to benefit corporations BOTH FOR PROFIT AND NOT-FOR PROFIT Larry_Carter_Center@yahoo.com @AtheistVet

  3. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    The language I keyed in on was “creates only a minimal and remote involvement between church and state…”

  4. The Heretic Says:

    They are considered charitable organizations. Any church my apply for this status. There is no violation of the Constitution. Besides, if they were taxable, the government would encourage more of them as it would be a spectacular revenue source. We don’t want that either.

  5. Bruce Williams Says:

    Singin16:33 Thanx for the input.

  6. Bruce Williams Says:

    Oops, I meant Sinjin, sorry.