Faith-based tax exempt status in jeopardy

Churches under assault for support of traditional marriage

On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26th decision to redefine marriage, the tax-exempt status of religious institutions is now in jeopardy.

Mark Oppenheimer, who writes the “Beliefs” column for the New York Times, leaves no room for doubt where his own beliefs are, as he opines, “The Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage makes it clearer than ever that the government shouldn’t be subsidizing religion and non-profits.”

His Time.com article, ”Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions,” is appalling in its flagrant dismissal of faith-based institutions.

A self-described” gay-rights supporter,” Oppenheimer was “elated by Friday’s Supreme Court decision.” The rest of us should prepare for what appears to be on the horizon as the two issues are mow brazenly linked.

In case you had any doubts, the assault on churches —- along with the schools, hospitals and various services they administer —- is in full bloom and comes in rapid succession to the court’s same-sex marriage ruling.

Katie Pavlich, in her Townhall column says it best: “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.” 

14 Responses to Faith-based tax exempt status in jeopardy

  1. American Dad says:

    This was bound to be the next installment as religion increasingly comes under attack. Even the Boy Scouts are not immune since they pledge reverence to God in their oath.
    http://usscouts.org/advance/boyscout/bsoathlaw.asp
    “On my honor, I will do my best 
    To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; 
    To help other people at all times; 
    To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”

    Homosexual groups have successfully evicted scouts from meeting places across the country. Where scouting was once integral in after school programs, they are now mostly found in churches due to backlash by homosexuals and their supporters. How about we stop calling them “gay”?

  2. Conservative Since Birth says:

    I am pro-religion/religious freedom. The thing that got me to the point where I thought the tax-exemption should be removed was in the 1980’s – up until now – when the largest Catholic church in Los Angeles (and largest diocese in the U.S.), Our Lady of the Angels, made itself a ‘sanctuary’ to all illegal aliens under Father Roger Mahony.

    Fr. Mahony fought fiercely for the illegals and fought anyone or any organization that tried to stop it. That was a political stance taken by Fr. Mahony against the citizen taxpayer, so why should he have been able to remain tax exempt. That’s a question that goes nowhere now. We’re well past that unfortunately. Father Mahoney is now a Cardinal.

    • Orion says:

      I wasn’t aware of this travesty, although the Catholic church has long been known for coddling illegals and providing “sanctuary” for those breaking into our country. Notice the hierarchy doesn’t swing open the doors of their private residences for such invaders. The bogus social justice BS finally drove our family away. It has been quite an experience. It’s exhilarating confessing directly to the Lord instead of a priest who might have more to confess than I do.

      You make an excellent point about the tax exempt status.

      • Conservative Since Birth says:

        More on Father Mahony, the “activist priest.”
        Following from Wikipedia:

        Mahony spoke out on provisions in immigration bills, such as the Sensenbrenner-King Bill, debated by Congress in late 2005 and 2006. He wrote to President Bush[5] that certain proposed measures would effectively outlaw the provision of charitable assistance and religious ministry to individuals not in valid immigration status. On Ash Wednesday, 2006, Mahony announced that he would order the clergy and laity of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to ignore H.R. 4437 if it were to become law.[6] He personally lobbied senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein to have the Senate consider a comprehensive immigration reform bill, rather than the enforcement-only bill that passed the House of Representatives.[7] Mahony also blamed the Congress for the illegal immigration crisis due to their failure to act on the issue in the previous 20 years, opposed H.R. 4437 as punitive and open to abusive interpretation, and supported S. 2611.[8][9]

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        I am Catholic and got tired of watching the above – I wrote to Father Mahony and didn’t receive an answer. I can understand it because there was so much chaos caused by his actions. He never stopped enabling illegals.

    • Dennis O'Brien says:

      This is thoroughly disgusting. None of those elected to represent us are trustworthy and neither is the illegal-shielding church. I say we start with McCain, replace him with Dr. Kelli Ward. It can be done!! We need equally dynamic people to take on the rest of them, but I see no one stepping up to the plate. Incumbency, inertia and voter apathy keeps the bought and paid for in office.

  3. Kent says:

    Al Gore led this group of brain numbed Democrats during this political speech in 1992. He said what should be down was up and what should be up is down. He was foretelling what liberals and the courts are doing to our country.

  4. jon jensen says:

    Good riddance everyone should pay their taxes I do. Jesus didn’t need a rolex or a 600 million dollar private jet. Jesus preached in the fields not in multi million dollar taj mahals!

    • Clementine says:

      Jesus fed the multitudes with nothing because he was Jesus. Today’s soup kitchens run by churches, St. Vincent dePaul and the Salvation Army need money to purchase necessities such as food, clothing, blankets, bottled water, soap, toilet paper and a roof over the beds they provide.

    • LEO IN TSN says:

      Hmmm, interesting thought process? Those who advocate for the GOVERNMENT to outlaw charities, seem to be sublimely ignorant that private charities perform hundreds of millions of dollars worth of charity work every year in this country alone. This work is financed by private donations (apparently none from the critics) from private donors. If private charities are outlawed as some are suggesting, the societal burdens addressed by the charities do not magically vanish from the critic’s little Oz. The burden of attention merely shifts, to the GOVERNMENT. Then more agencies can be created, more federal/state/local employees hired, and the burdens are addressed much less efficiently, less effectively, but much more expensively. And that increased expense will be funded in toto by your tax dollars. Then the critics of private charity can sit around, during commercial breaks on the ballgame or their favorite “reality” show, and whine about how their taxes are skyrocketing and how they don’t want taxes used to fund charities! Hmmmmm, “Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.”

      Oh, yes, just because the GOVERNMENT outlaws private charity, don’t think that religion will just disappear. Active religion may be driven underground as in any other communist nation-state, but the faithful will still worship and work. Matthew 16: 18 – “…upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Pretty powerful words; probably worth thinking about.

      God bless America.

  5. Doc says:

    Hey folks! This is off topic, completely. BUT it’s well worth a good look.

    http://maplight.org/us-congress/legislator

    …huh. Turns out they’re all bought-n-paid for. Whoo-da’ thunk?