Wicked Commentary

For years conservatives and proponents of religious liberty in America have warned that if same-sex marriage became legal, the left would then pursue revoking the tax exempt status for religious institutions, particularly Christian churches, around the country.

Just days after the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that gay marriage is a constitutional right, progressive activists like Mark Oppenheimer of the New York Times are calling for tax exempt statutes to be stripped.

The Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage makes it clearer than ever that the government shouldn’t be subsidizing religion and non-profits.

Rather than try to rescue tax-exempt status for organizations that dissent from settled public policy on matters of race or sexuality, we need to take a more radical step. It’s time to abolish, or greatly diminish, their tax-exempt statuses.

Defenders of tax exemptions and deductions argues that if we got rid of them charitable giving would drop. It surely would, although how much, we can’t say. But of course government revenue would go up, and that money could be used to, say, house the homeless and feed the hungry. We’d have fewer church soup kitchens — but countries that truly care about poverty don’t rely on churches to run soup kitchens.

So yes, the logic of gay-marriage rights could lead to a reexamination of conservative churches’ tax exemptions (although, as long as the IRS is afraid of challenging Scientology’s exemption, everyone else is probably safe). But when that day comes, it will be long overdue. I can see keeping some exemptions; hospitals, in particular, are an indispensable, and noncontroversial, public good. And localities could always carve out sensible property-tax exceptions for nonprofits their communities need. But it’s time for most nonprofits, like those of us who faithfully cut checks to them, to pay their fair share.

Incredible.

The left will claim they aren’t singling out religious institutions through their calls for the revocation of tax exempt statuses because they include non-profits, but the fact is that a majority of non-profits in the country  are religious. The Salvation Army, which truly helps the homeless and addicted clean up their lives and get off the streets, is one example.

Meanwhile, the ACLU said over the weekend it will no longer defend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in the 1990s after a unanimous vote in the Senate.

Although Justice Kennedy did carve out an exception for religious liberty in his opinion on same-sex marriage last week, it won’t be enough to protect it going forward.

“Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered. The same is true of those who oppose same-sex marriage for other reasons. In turn, those who believe allowing same-sex marriage is proper or indeed essential, whether as a matter of religious conviction or secular belief, may engage those who disagree with their view in an open and searching debate. The Constitution, however, does not permit the State to bar same-sex couples from marriage on the same terms as accorded to couples of the opposite sex,” Kennedy said in the opinion.

Religious liberty is under attack in America and the next five years will serve as a battleground to protect or destroy it. If religious liberty is in fact destroyed, America will no longer hold onto one of the most important principles that makes it an exceptional nation more tolerant than the rest in the world. We are at a tipping point.

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Bull and I predicted this would begin the night of the SCOTUS ruling. And so it starts. The LGBT agenda will go on until our freedom of religion is gone. I suspect there will be more lawsuits than one could ever imagined.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2015/06/29/it-begins-new-calls-to-strip-churches-of-tax-exempt-status-after-samesex-marriage-ruling-n2018688?utm_source=thdailypm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_pm&newsletterad=

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Comments on: "RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ALREADY UNDER FIRE" (15)

  1. Isn’t it interesting that the left is the one who gets to define what is meant by “fair share”? We Christians are under attack. It’s only little skirmishes so far, but as the anti-Christian forces gain confidence, the attacks will grow more frequent and more serious. This coming 2016 election is perhaps the most critical one that I’ve faced in my many, many, years of being a political junkie. We’re on a downward spiral and another “progressive” like Barack Obama ought to just about finish us off. Now, more than ever, we need to come together around ONE conservative candidate and push him/her over the finish line. Or else, abandon all hope.

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    • peppermintfarm said:

      Hi Garnet,

      We definitely are under attack and it’s only going to get worse. I agree that the next election will decide our fate and that we all need to get around a conservative candidate.
      With Hillary as prez we are doomed. God help us!

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      • willibeaux said:

        Yo Pepp! Pastors and churches will have to decide “Serve God or Mammon”! If they follow Biblical teaching it’s pretty obvious what their choice must be.
        It will interesting to see if a church loses it’s 501(c)(3) exemption will contributions drop off?
        For the time being the sodomites think they have won; the battle maybe but not the war.
        God is still in control and we know how the book ends. Victory in Christ.
        oohrah!!!

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        • peppermintfarm said:

          Yo willibeaux!

          Well I sure hope the pastors and ministers don’t give up and allow their tax exempt status to be taken away. It’s like bribery if they cave in. Right are they going to take the money or stand on their principles?

          I see lots of lawsuits coming round the old bend. This is not over, the decision by SCOTUS. They sure screwed up with this one. Too many liberals on the bench.

          OoHRah!

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  2. Hillary or Bernie Sanders, we are doomed. Both socialists.. Yes, we all will need to get behind the Republican candidate….or our country is done..

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    • peppermintfarm said:

      Hi Donna, yeah both of those miserable creatures would spell death to America. Yes we do need to get behind whoever is the repub candidate and vote just to try to keep these socialists out. It’s already bad enough what’s happened.

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    • Bob Roller said:

      Make SURE it is a REPUBLICAN and not another RINO. How many changes have been made since the last mid term election? NONE! None of these so called Republicans have done a thing to challenge the banty rooster dictator masquerading as a U.S.President.

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      • peppermintfarm said:

        Bob,

        I sure am hoping for a real conservative nominee. I think to make sure of this we all need to vote in the primaries to make sure our pick is one of those. Can’t wait until the general election.

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  3. So good to see you back, Pat!! Hugs!

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  4. Yes, Pepp, that’s almost too disturbing to read. They waste no time, days. Its all so quick and pushing faster.

    When he said “for organizations that dissent from settled public policy on matters of race or sexuality, we need to take a more radical step.”…that said it all. Wow settled policy 2 days. The same Roe spiel. Honestly, they are for radical steps, its what they’re about.

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    • peppermintfarm said:

      Yeah Bull, just as you and i suspected and it’s going rapidly. It is breathtaking on how this is moving.

      And this is one thing O said in his victory speech for gay marriage:

      “OBAMA STATED THAT PROGRESSES IN SOCIETY NEED TO ‘HELP’ THOSE WITH DEEPLY HELD RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OVERCOME THEIR CONVICTIONS.”

      Settled policy, the hell with that usual leftist BS. I hope there will be plenty of lawsuits going up to the SCOTUS because the freedom of religion must be honored. Just how are the Supremes going to get by that one?

      And as far as I’m concerned this is an unjust law created out of thin air by SCOTUS who have no authority whatsoever to make law. So is it a law? No, not in my mind.

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  5. There is one other side twist to this. For years Chuck Baldwin has been pressing churches to not accept the tax status. And not to let their voice be intimidated- watered down. Now people like this are trying to force that. So if they do revoke exemptions, then the fascist left cannot control their speech. .

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    • peppermintfarm said:

      Bull, good thought. The churches need to do this. I’d like to see the left get furious over that one. Great twist!

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  6. Good post. Unfortunately, the left FAILS to see if THEY advocate for suppression of religion, or speech, THEIRS could fall to a government as well. As far as tax exemption for churches, I agree with Chuck Baldwin. It was the same thing when all these local school districts started taking federal dollars. It was the easy way out, BUT, the fools forgot the Golden Rule. “He Who Has The Gold Makes The Rules”. Why do you think the Catholic Church has gone all bat-shit crazy about global warming? The Pontiff is looking to “cash in” on it, AND drive a stake through the heart of capitalism, all in one fell swoop.

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