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First Fruit Giving not Hand Me Down Left Overs

A couple of days ago I posted a fairly long essay on why Christians should donate money.   The essential point was that the people who provide the services that Christians value- pastors, DCE’s, teachers, missionaries, evangelists, apologists, etc- are workers who deserve their wage.   In other words, they aren’t charity cases.  We ‘donate’ to them because there is no structural coercion to make us.  There is no government standing by with a club to extract the taxes and no police man standing by to make sure that you actually paid for the item or service you are enjoying.   There … continue reading...

Separation of Church And State, Hitler Style

In 1954 the US passed tax exemption legislation that prohibited tax exempt entities to engage in certain kinds of political activities.

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From a speech by Adolf Hitler, 1935.  National-Socialist Party Conference:

The Party never had the intention, and it has not the intention now, of engaging in any kind of hostilities against Christianity in Germany.  Our aim has been quite the opposite.  We have sought to unite the various regional Prostestant churches, whose conditions of existence were impossible, and create one great Evangelical Church throughout the Reich, without interfering in the slightest with questions of religious belief or practice.… continue reading...

Churches risk their Tax Exemption to Prove Connection Between Beliefs and Politics

This morning I woke up to a fascinating news report describing out the ADF is seeking churches to make political statements so that the IRS can penalize the churches, giving the ADF a vehicle to challenge the tax exemption requirement that such entities refrain from making political statements.

This is the sort of ‘fighting fire with fire’ approach that we need today.  The ACLU and the FFRF have been going bonkers trying to create court cases that further their cause.  It is high time Christians and religious people did the same.

One of the reasons why I have not made … continue reading...