Tax the Churches, They’re Being “Political”

I ran across my bizzillionth “tax the churches, they’re talking politics” comment on a thread … probably about the redefinition of Marriage.   I find it a very strange and disturbing argument, yet it comes up again and again. There is nowhere, anywhere in our Constitution or any law consistent with it that it says Churches can’t talk about politics. The dual purpose of the religious freedom portion of the first amendment is to avoid a situation where unelected church officials get official government positions and have a direct say in laws, and it is also to keep people in government from using coersion (like, say, levying huge taxes) on Churches … for instance, for publicly stating opinions that perhaps those currently in power don’t like.

There is nowhere in Constitutional or Natural law that says the people can’t vote for a law based on religious belief, or even that direct Church principles can’t be voted into law by the people.

Most churches teach that, for instance, murder is wrong, and we have laws against murder. Does that mean that a priest or preacher can’t speak out in favor of murder laws without accused of being “political”? And frankly, what is the matter with them being “political”? Are not laws ultimately a reflection of morality?

What is forbidden allowing Church officials to make binding laws on their own.

For all the talk of “Theocracy”, you have to understand that a Theocracy would be Church officials having the power to make legally binding civil law, circumventing the processes set up by the definition of the Republic (that would be the Constitution).

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5 thoughts on “Tax the Churches, They’re Being “Political”

  1. Severian

    Uh huh. And those Episcopal, reformed Lutheran, etc. congregations who are all about homosexual marriage, ordination, etc. — all losing membership in droves, not that it’s related I’m sure– they’re perfectly apolitical, no?

    It still amazes me how few people realize that the largest denomination in the USA is the Church of Leftism.

  2. philmon Post author

    While we’re on the subject, this is a refreshing article (in decidedly unrefreshing times).

    I particularly like the assessment he made of those liberal strawman arguments they use to puff their egos.

    What’s driving Rev. León crazy is hatred of those he deems his moral inferiors, not anything Republicans do. He could assuage his mental discomfort by discovering a less juvenile interpretation of a philosophy and theology he doesn’t share.

    I’m filing that last sentence away for future use.

  3. Severian

    “A less juvenile interpretation.” That’s priceless.

    Like almost everybody, I was a liberal in college. Sometimes unctious acquaintances ask me what changed. I say: “Short answer? I grew the fuck up.”

  4. Soozcat

    Late to the party on this one, but I just wanted to add:

    It interests me how much of this is a “you got your chocolate in my peanut butter/you got your peanut butter in my chocolate” argument. From my point of view, American leftists are waging a kind of creeping land-grab on traditional morality, attempting to wrest certain concepts with deeply religious overtones — abortion, gambling, the definition of marriage — away from the churches and put them into the hands of politicians, then castigating religious figures for “dabbling in politics” when they dare to speak up about it.

  5. philmon Post author

    You are exactly right, Soozcat.

    When you replace Church *with* State, your separation and all the reasons for it are out the window.

    Baby. Bathwater.

    You’re left with stinky, dirty people.

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