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  •  I want all churches to rely on voluntary donations (0+ / 0-)

    not taxpayer dollars.

    •  Why? (0+ / 0-)

      The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing online commenters that they have anything to say.-- B.F.

      by lcj98 on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 10:26:12 AM PDT

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      •  Because under the separation of church and state (0+ / 0-)

        government funds should not be given to religions. Even if used for charity, that charity creates good will and gratitude of the recipients and others who know about it towards a specific religion.

        •  Umm... (1+ / 0-)
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          The government isn't giving money to "religions".  It's given to groups/charities that are religiously based.  And those groups provide a vital service in areas where voluntary donations isn't going to cut it.  The these groups get aren't for proselytizing or recruitment...

          The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing online commenters that they have anything to say.-- B.F.

          by lcj98 on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 11:29:44 AM PDT

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          •  The gov't itself provides services for the poor. (0+ / 0-)

            If inadequate, they should be expanded to provide a suitable "safety net". The gov't can care for the poor without regard to gender and sexual orientation or whatever criteria used by certain religions to deem some human beings more worthy than others.

            A Vatican official just gave a speech at a meeting of Catholic Charities USA. He said, "The pastoral priorities of the New Evangelization (i.e. proselytization) should also be taken up by our [charitable] organizations, since they are organizations of the Church." http://www.catholicculture.org/...

            Even without blatant proselytization, charity creates good will and gratitude towards the religion.

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