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  •  So what? (0+ / 0-)

    Why not tax all churches? I have no problem with that whatsoever.

    •  I have a huge problem with that. (0+ / 0-)

      My church, located in the city, sits on some pretty valuable property.

      If we were taxed on that property, we'd have to shut down, or move out of the city—and we'd have to take with us our meal program for the homeless, our participation in many social-justice causes, the community that sustains many of our older and less-mobile people, the office space we rent out well below market value to nonprofits, and a space where the local neighborhood community holds many of its meetings.

      And religion would become entirely something for the privileged and mobile—something for those who can support a church that's taxed fully on its property, or who have the means to get to a church that is far away from valuable land (and thus, far away from mass transit and accessibility by those who can't drive or can't afford to).

      Oh, and the person or party that proposed that could kiss goodbye any prospect of electoral relevance ever again. I sure wouldn't vote for any person or party who supported such an idea, no matter what letter was after their name and no matter how much I agreed with them on everything else.

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Sun May 06, 2012 at 03:33:21 PM PDT

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