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    So being a pastor is a crappy job compared to being a teacher. That should exempt pastors from taxes? How about sewer emergency maintenance workers? Coal miners?

    How about teachers being directly responsible for dozens of other people's children, including constant supervision of their developing minds - minds set by arbitrary and unaccountable parents? Should pastors have a reduction in their tax break because their job doesn't have that crappy part? Boarding school teachers shouldn't be taxed because their residence and on-duty hours are like live-in pastors'?

    No. This whole basis for taxation is even less legit than the current perverse system. Everyone should choose the job whose pay is adequate to the work and workplace. Everyone should pay taxes. If the people want to subsidize some businesses or jobs because they do work the government thereby doesn't have to, that's sensible. But none of these religious exceptions reflect anything except the totally inordinate power that churches have kept despite this country leading the march from Enlightenment to modernity.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 08:15:53 AM PST

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