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  •  There is a lot of good social service work done (0+ / 0-)

    by religious charities, so we don't want to cut that off.

    The problem is when government funds are used for purely religious (sacredotal) functions.

    What used to be the law, as I understood it, is that a church had to drop its social service activities into a subsidiary organization and the subsidiary would receive the government funding.  That way there was a legal wall between the charitable and the purely religious.   Essentially, this rule is what the faith based initiative did away with.  

    These seems like bad governance and bad accounting to me... frankly, if a church is running a soup kitchen, I want it to be in a separate entity for liability purposes so it if gets sued, I don't lose my house of worship.  But that's just me.

    Someone with more expertise in this area, tho, please jump in.

    Disclosure: Proud to be the Volunteer coordinator for Indiana for WesPAC

    by ElaineinIN on Thu Feb 14, 2008 at 01:58:10 PM PST

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      People who want to give to their houses of worship should do so.  No one is stopping them.

      The houses of worship already get tax breaks.  They do NOT deserve our tax dollars on top of that.  They can turn to their parishoners or places that give out grants for more money if they have things like soup kitchens to support, but most churches don't have soup kitchens to support, so they don't need our tax dollars.

      IMHO, religion belongs either in houses of worship or at home, but NOT in government in any way, shape, or form, and most definitely religious organizations do NOT deserve our tax dollars.


      by NonnyO on Thu Feb 14, 2008 at 06:06:16 PM PST

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