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  1. Ronald Wall
    February 19, 2013

    Richard Hickey remarked on facebook, “So you believe that [the] money that the congregation “gives” to the churches, money that has already been taxed, should be taxed again by the government? OK. Then tell me where is your outrage about General Electric, and how about Facebook? How much did they pay in taxes? And you have the nerve to call religeous people ignorant!”

    This is an old argument that is baseless. We “give” money that we paid taxes on to all sorts of profit based organizations (theaters, sports events) for which we receive no tangible product. Yet, they are rightfully taxed on their profits, as are their executives and employees. Churches should be no exception. Tax the income of the ministers and other paid “employees”. Tax the church on money retained after expenses are paid (defined everywhere as profit). If these billionaire churches actually did charity work that helps people rather than simply enriching themselves, there might be a basis for not taxing them.

    I don’t know what he means by his references to GE and facebook, but if they are not paying their fair share of taxes, the government should (and will) go after them. If he is talking about tax loop-holes, I think the majority of us think they should be eliminated. And, yes. Many Christians are ignorant – of basic science and history, not to mention the Constitution.

  2. Moongrim
    February 19, 2013

    And Republicans complain about legislation from Dems that create opportunities for lawyers.

  3. Ronald Wall
    February 18, 2013

    Force these fundamentalist Christians make a choice, public funding for private religious schools by fully taxing churches, or abide by the intent of the 1st amendment. Guess what, these churches making millions from their gullible congregations would have a holy cow!

    This is yet another example of Republican evangelicals attempting to get their foot in the door on the way to turning the U.S. into a fundamentalist theocracy. Having been raised (55+ years ago) in this type of church, I know what they want – and it is not religious freedom. When American groups like the Southern Baptist and Pentecostals think God speaks to them exclusively, it takes no imagination to know what is their ultimately goal. I love the state of Arkansas (I consider it my real home) and most of the people there, even though a majority of them are enslaved by evangelicalism.

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