Posts Tagged ‘church’

Nearly all churches have figured out how to (further) take advantage of taxpayers by enrolling themselves as tax-free 501(c)(3) organizations under the tax code.  Tax-free housing, tax-free payroll, tax-free income, tax-free parking…well, pretty much tax-free everything.  However; under section 510(c)(3) of the tax code, they are expressly prohibited from engaging in biased political activity.

Yet everyone knows who was responsible for California’s bigoted Proposition 8…the catholic church, and the LDS church (mormons).  Who is responsible for the ongoing attacks on women’s rights?  Who is responsible for continuing bigotry against gays?  Who is responsible for the draconian “morality” laws?

Don’t answer, it is a rhetorical question.  Yet…these bastards get to do it on the taxpayer dime, and they brag about it.  I already posted on their insertion into all military branches, and now I see they are actively organizing for the 2012 election season.  Unreal.

HEY IRS!  WTF?

This conglomerate of religious jackholes is flaunting their disregard openly.  How about doing something about it?

Join a growing movement of bold pastors preaching biblical Truth about candidates and elections from their pulpits on October 7, 2012.

Puke!

Better start preparing your excuses now...

I wonder just how long it will take for people to give up their hatred. I predict that there will be a direct correlation between that day, and the loss of the religious majority.

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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!

I was reading the speech that PZ Myers gave today in Australia, at the Global Atheist Convention, and it hit home in many ways.  I have found myself evolving from non-theist, to anti-theist, which comes across as brash and crude, I am well aware, but is necessary nonetheless.  I once convinced myself that there was nothing to be concerned about regarding theists who mostly keep to themselves….then I realized that there pretty much aren’t any.  They raise kids, they vote, and even the most introverted have some manner of influence on others.  The fundamental beliefs that they hold are a danger to themselves and others.  The notion that evidence is unnecessary, that doubt it bad, prayer accomplishes something, that evolution cannot be real, and that ever-increasing nonsensical magical “miracles” occur is dangerous for not only for humans, but for the rest of the inhabitants of this rock we are riding, and the rock itself.   This is not healthy for believers (or society), no matter how unintrusive they remain.

PZ captured some of this in a snipe at Christians:

Now wait, there might be some people saying (not anyone here, of course) that that’s no fair. Maybe you’re a liberal Christian, and I’m picking on the extremists (although, when we’re talking about roughly half the United States being evolution-denying, drill-baby-drill, apocalypse-loving christians, it’s more accurate to say I’m describing a representative sample). Perhaps you’re a moderate, you support good science, education, and the environment, you just love Jesus or Mohammed, too.I’m sorry, but I don’t like you.

I’ll concede that you are doing less direct harm, and I will thank you for your support of shared causes, and I’ll also happily work alongside you in those causes, but I also think you are still doing indirect harm to foundational principles of a rational society. You believe in some outrageous bullshit; the christian myths of a virgin giving birth to a god who dies are illogical lunacy, and the Christian doctrines of original sin and redemption through blood sacrifice by proxy are crippling psychopathological abominations. You promote unreason by telling people that it is OK to believe in some things without evidence, and even in contradiction to evidence and reason.You are cafeteria realists, and you undermine the essential goal of bringing the whole of humanity out of the darkness of ignorance and into the light of the real world.

He goes on to define the atheist movement, much of which grows out of our despising not only the dogma, but the constant attempted (and more often than not successful) imposition of it.  My biggest dog in this fight results from the incessant attempt to shove someone’s particular brand of bullshit down my throat…via the law.

For many years, atheists have been in the minority; I have talked with so many people who thought for so long that they were the only one, the only person in their community who saw through the godawful babble of the church. (of course, now that we have the internet, those same people are discovering that they are part of a global movement). What that means, though, is that many atheists are nonconformists, boat-rockers, weirdos, and outcasts.

And we like it that way.

We are not sheep. We love people who stand up for themselves, we detest people who try to impose rules on us — I have to be very careful to keep my description of values general, and be clear that I’m not dictating them to you, but describing what I see emerging as a consensus, because otherwise I’ll be pilloried by my own kind. We’re a pitiless bunch.

But what it means is that we find common cause with the people who have also been oppressed by this racist patriarchal culture we live in. People should be free to be who they are…and more, they should be free to stand up loud and proud and be that person with impunity. We will not live in a monoculture. We’re going to find strength in diversity.

In any event….read PZ’s speech, if you were not lucky enough to be there in person.  I can’t wait to see him deliver it.  Where are you YouTubers?

Should This Bother Me?

Sorry for the lousy photo, but I took it while…errr…uh…on the move. Although this seems so minor in and of itself, it is only one small piece of a massive conglomerate of religious exemption.

That church doesn’t pay the taxes that pay for the road, the parking, the snow removal, the parking enforcement, etc. They are exempt from paying taxes. To make matters worse, tax revenues are reduced even further by the tax exemption that the church members benefit from by their self-reported donations to the church that gets special benefits.

Roadway rules are not exempted for the soup kitchen, the big sales at local shops, the broken down cars, or any other reason. Yet they are excepted for church services.

Call me an asshole, but this is not right.