I have brought this subject up before, on a local scale.  We have a 5-6 block length of very important roadway in Durango, which is signed (by the City) that parking is not allowed, except for church.  WTF?

I drive this road every day, and it pisses me off every time.  Why should the City and County subsidize an entire roadway to serve as a parking lot for a bunch of churches?

Their tax-free income comes from tax-deductible “donations”, which pay for their tax-free property, in their tax-free structures, enhanced by their tax-free sales and tax-free investments, further enhanced by their tax-free “fundraisers”.

They don’t pay a dime towards striping that street, maintaining the road surface, removing snow, sweeping salt/sand, maintaining curbs/gutters, postings signs (including their discriminatory ones), marking crosswalks, or anything else that goes along with public taxpayer money.  Yet…yet…they get the privilege to ‘own’ the street whenever they want.  I CALL BULLSHIT!!

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How do you prove that you are at church?  There are no hours listed.   Maybe you are re-stocking the child porn section after hours.  Maybe you are transferring the sacks of gold during non-service hours.  Maybe…perhaps…you are there for a tax-exempt Tuesday night fundraiser to help install fiber optic video-conferencing for the pastor.  Who knows?  Is it defined anywhere?  Not that I could find…In any event – I am sick and tired of the general public subsidizing fantasyland.

One of my favorite bloggers posted a great depiction of exactly what is happening elsewhere…by law:

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As I type this, my brethren…the Durango Skeptics and Atheists, are having their monthly meeting.  I am afraid I could not make it, but I hope at some point we can take this up.  One would think it is a simple case of shutting down the public subsidized fantasyland, but it would include a battle with many churches.

I am ready!

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