The Supreme Court’s square circle / “same-sex marriage” ruling had been out for 15 minutes before the Gaystapo was already calling for more attacks on the real church. Their reasoning is that churches can’t discriminate and still get tax benefits. But is that why they aren’t taxed? No.
Next Issue: Abolish Tax Exempt Status for Churches?
A Time mag piece says that by granting tax exemptions, the gov’t is subsidizing religion.
Not so: “The key statement on these issues was made by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1970, in the case Walz versus Tax Commission of the City of New York; it was a stunning 8-1 decision. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Warren Burger made very clear that a tax exemption is not a subsidy:…
“The grant of a tax exemption is not sponsorship since the government does not transfer part of its revenue to churches but simply abstains from demanding that the church support the state.”
That is extremely important language. Here Chief Justice Burger was affirming that the most basic fundamental and important reason that the government does not tax churches is that by taxation the church would be required to support the state.
Members of synagogues, temples and churches are already taxpaying citizens. It would be a different thing altogether to require the synagogue, the temple or the church actually to fund and support the state….
Chief Justice Burger and Justice Brennan in writing their opinions in this case understood that taxing churches and religious institutions would inevitably put those churches and institutions in the position of funding the government and would put the state in the position of entangling itself in religious organizations and churches.”
“The power to tax involves the power to destroy.”
Don’t expect the “Christian” Left to know or acknowledge this. They’ll keep their exemptions because they are already on their knees before Caesar. Real churches — and the people they serve — will lose.