With the rise of violent, right-wing, radical extremists (i.e. American ISIS) in multiple red states throughout the country–and in particular their Church affiliated leaders, like @ArchCordileone–it is high time for this country to take stock of the special liberties that Churches and ecumenical leaders of all shapes and sizes have enjoyed here for centuries.
More specifically, it’s time to end special treatment for the Church by the State. We The People believe that if a Church can tithe its members, the State can tax a Church. Estimates vary, but the U.S. Government is essentially passing on tens of billions of dollars every year in tax revenue by allowing Churches to act as independent governments. (That figure is much closer to the hundreds of billions than to the single digits.) Then consider that a popular, and widely discussed estimate for ending hunger in the United States sits at a mere $25 Billion.
So, if Churches truly do believe in helping the poor, protecting the weak, and shepherding all mankind toward a better existence (I don’t know any who don’t claim to do so, do you?), then paying a tax to end hunger nationwide seems like a pretty darn good trade, and would certainly be a win/win/win scenario. But will it ever happen?
Stand by to stand by! –Mad Squid