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How are they different? In fact, they are worse. Besides being terribly regressive, telling people that they cannot meet in their own building to worship unless they pay a tax is a gross violation of the establishment clause. Basically it is saying we only want rich churches around here. You po' people can go meet in another town.
An income tax on churches would have the same effect and be just as illegal as an income tax on political parties. Are you advocating that the Democrats should be forced to pay an income tax on their contributions?
I have never heard of the excuse of "tradition." I think you are presenting a straw man argument. The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that the right to tax a church is the right to ban it, which is a violation of the establishment clause. How would you feel about taxing the Democratic Party on the contributions it receives? And if it does not pay those taxes, then it is not allowed to meet or vote or publish ads or have any other rights?
The Supreme Court has consistently disagreed with you. No one should be required to pay a tax or get a license in order to worship as they wish. Requiring a church to pay a tax in order to exist is as objectionable as a poll tax. The whole point of the Establishment Clause is to guarantee basic civil rights. If you can have your civil rights taken away simply for failure to pay a tax on those rights, then no one has any civil rights at all. Including you.
What problems does it cause? How do SMART people avoid obeying the law?
In fact, the Establishment Clause prohibits laws that curtail the free exercise of religion. It also prohibits restrictions of freedom of speech or association. Non-discrimination laws violate all three provisions of the Establishment clause. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the...
In fact, you do exactly that. You want legislation to support your opinion and you want others' opinions to be suppressed. What makes your opinion more valid than the opinion of others?
There are three great conversations going on at all times. All three of these conversations are attempts to arrive at truth. All three are dependent on circular arguments -- you cannot be certain that any one of these conversations is any more valid than the other, any more than you can be certain that the entire universe is only five minutes old and your memories are not real. The first is that between Man and Nature. We call this conversation 'science.' Science is an...
You seem to have confused respect, cooperation, love, and compassion with agreeing with you. That seems rather self-centered. Where is your respect, love, cooperation and compassion for those who disagree with you? Freedom of worship and freedom of expression are two sides of the same coin. You cannot have one without the other. There seem to be a few people here who want to return to an authoritarian government that burns heretics at the stake -- only in this case, the...
Seriously? Do you really believe that religion is always used to discriminate and cause harm? What about churches that teach non-discrimination? What about churches that devote their resources to helping the poor?
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