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  •  Not just churches, though (1+ / 0-)
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    johnny wurster

    Non-profits too, even non-religious. You entirely miss the point here.

    "Those who stand for nothing fall for anything...Mankind are forever destined to be the dupes of bold & cunning imposture" --Alexander Hamilton

    by kovie on Sun Apr 10, 2011 at 08:51:35 AM PDT

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    •  So what? (0+ / 0-)

      The Arizona credit is open to all schools, not just religious ones, so I don't understand why you point out that deductions are open to religious and secular charities.

    •  Miss the Point? (0+ / 0-)

      Well, perhaps.  

      I was reacting to this quote from the Kagan opinion, which pertains to religion and tax breaks:

      "Taxpayers who oppose state aid of religion have equal reason to protest whether that aid flows from the one form of subsidy or the other. Either way, the government has financed the religious activity. And so either way, taxpayers should be able to challenge the subsidy.

      Still worse, the Court's arbitrary distinction threatens to eliminate all occasions for a taxpayer to contest the government's monetary support of religion. Precisely because appropriations and tax breaks can achieve identical objectives, the government can easily substitute one for the other. Today's opinion thus enables the government to end-run Flast's guarantee of access to the Judiciary. From now on, the government need follow just one simple rule--subsidize through the tax system--to preclude taxpayer challenges to state funding of religion."

      So I'm puzzled by your confusion.

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