Posts Tagged ‘tax-free’

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!

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!