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  •  It's worth noting that... (4+ / 0-)

    ...the average US congregation has 75 members and a budget of $90,000.

    It's very easy to say, "oh, yes, get rid of this exemption, and the one for church-owned property, and the minister's self-employed Social Security status, and oh let's revisit their entire tax-exempt status," but reversing all of those will bankrupt the average US church.

    I know that there are those here who long for just such an outcome, but the average US church is nothing like the televangelists' arenas or the urban/suburban megachurches we see in the media.

    Shall we cast them all aside?

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 02:41:35 PM PST

    •  Little Country Churches - (2+ / 0-)
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      Based on personal experience I can emphatically say that little country churches are as deeply involved in politics as the big mega churches!  They just don't have the financial resources to make their message as well known.  They do however have the ability to impact the voting behavior of their "flock".  In fact in many small churches the peer pressure is very intense to conform to the "message" coming from the pulpit.

      That message - VOTE REPUBLICAN, VOTE AGAINST ABORTION AND THE GAY!

      There are a lot of ways to succeed, but one sure way to fail is to quit.

      by jedennis on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 05:31:58 PM PST

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    •  Firstly, who cares wht it is like? Our pool and (0+ / 0-)

      brew club has a lower budget than that, and we get no special tax treatment. More importantly, this is not a tax on churches, but simply does away with a special provision letting ministers off the hook for the taxes on part of their salary.

      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 Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 08:30:34 PM PST

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