There is a secret conversation that has happened in the wake of the gay marriage decision.
Should we remove tax-exempt status from churches if they are going to get involved in politics?
Now, no one serving in government today is angling to strip it. But that doesn’t stop Ted Cruz for manufacturing a hullabaloo about it:
In an interview with Glenn Beck last Thursday, Ted Cruz once again badly misrepresented an exchange between Solicitor General Donald Verrilli and Justice Samuel Alito during Supreme Court arguments on the constitutionality of gay marriage bans, telling Beck’s listeners that the Obama administration may soon try to strip churches of their tax-exempt status if their pastors refuse to officiate gay couples’ weddings.
Verrilli never said that. But perhaps Cruz is onto something; maybe it’s time to look at churches and their tax status. After all, they are barely restraining themselves from electioneering from the pulpit-why not just let ’em have at it? There’s no proper policing of that law anyway.
Fuck it. They’ll live. They have scores of fools to shower them with money-in fact, the revocation will probably open pocketbooks a little bit more because they are finally saying what the flock really wants to hear. And they’re being very selective about what part of the First Amendment they like.They’ll accept the curtailment of their freedom of speech in exchange for tax-free lucre. Which to worship-Mammon or the Lord? We know who wins out in the end.