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  •  So what are you suggesting (1+ / 0-)
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    Dr Swig Mcjigger

    that would actually be constitutional?  

    More oversight?  That sounds like a good idea but how would you do it logistically?  And it would have to apply to every non-profit organization.  

    Same with taking away tax-exempt status.  You'd have to totally eliminate tax exempt status for every church, every secular charity, every private university, otherwise it would be unconstitutional.  

    •  Not necessarily. (1+ / 0-)
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      Dirtandiron

      This isn't about the religion, it's about the organization.  Think about how the Voting Rights Act restricts several states' abilities to modify their own voting laws, because they cannot be trusted to do so themselves.

      It wouldn't have to apply to every non-profit.  It can just apply to the eggregious offenders.

      If you don't want to approach it from that angle, then you could always say that the Catholic Church is a criminal organization, maybe nail 'em to the wall under the RICO acts, and use that to revoke the Church's tax exempt status.

    •  No, just treat churches like charities and (1+ / 0-)
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      Dirtandiron

      not as special entities.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 07:19:51 PM PDT

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