05 May 2005

ACLU Opposes Tax Exemptions For All Churches

Cross Posted From Stop The ACLU ...But They Support It For Satanic Witches

Just reading the two statements above should wake up the Christians on both the left and right! And after learning this myself, the question came to me....how could anyone say this organization is not anti-Christian? I know all of you are wanting to see the evidence yourself, and while I don't have the official policy to refer you to, I have learned this information from a very well respected author, William A. Donahue, in his book Twilight of Libery/The Legacy of The ACLU. Donahue has attained their policy guide and is one of the most trusted experts on the ACLU. So let the story telling begin.... We will start out with the ACLU's official policy on the tax exemption of Churches. Policy #92, "Religious Bodies' Tax Exemption"...it states, "The ACLU opposes the tax-exemption of all churches..."Source During the 1988 presidential campaign the ACLU was brought under the spotlight. Michael Dukakis, the democrat nominee, proudly stated, "I'm a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union." These words would soon come back to haunt him. I will not focus too much on this campaign other than using it as evidence of the ACLU's position on the tax exemption of churches. However, Dukakis's association with this group proved to be a major factor in his defeat. During the first debate, Peter Jennings of ABC asked George Bush why he continued to make an issue out of Dukakis's membership in the ACLU. Bush replied that he didn't like most of the ACLU's positions and offered four of them. We will just focus on the one we are talking about right now. Bush said, "I don't think they're right to try to take away the tax exemption of the Catholic Church." The ACLU don't deny their position! Norman Dorsen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1976 to 1991, refuted Bush's statements, and said that the ACLU opposes tax exemption for all churches, not just the Catholic Church.Source Here is a little more history on the issue from Twilight of Liberty. "ACLU founder Roger Baldwin once told me that the ACLU's desire to strip the churches of their tax exempt status was "very foolish." But in 1969, some nineteen years after Baldwin stepped down as executive director, the Union adopted its first policy opposing "tax exemption for church property which is used exclusively for religious purposes.' In the latest policy on this subject, it makes no difference to the Union whether church property is not used exclusively for religious purposes, all are denied: "The ACLU opposes tax benefits for religious bodies", seven examples are listed for clarification, including the benefit of tax exemption."Source "In 1970, the year after the ACLU issued its first policy opposing the tax exempt status for churches, it accepted the advice of church and state extremist Leo Pfeffer and drafted a brief opposing tax exemptions in Waltz v. Tax Commission. In 1987, the ACLU Foundation and the New York Civil Liberties Union filed an amicus brief in support of Abortion Rights Mobilization to secure standing in a suit challenging the tax exempt status of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church was charged with violating its tax-exempt status by taking a stand against abortion."Source Meanwhile with the Witches "While the ACLU was taking aim at the Catholic Church's tax exempt status, the Union affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island, came out in favor of a tax exemption for Satanists."Source They went and got a tax administator to rule that a coven of witches were entitled the same tax-exemption as churches had. This is pure hypocrisy. The ACLU's involvement in this case clearly shows that they will defend the rights of the occult. Many Christians wonder why they are not as acommodating to our interests. Now if we were to follow some misguided philosphy of the seperation of church and state, one might could rationalize their policy on a church's tax exempt status. One could also rationalize a posistion of tax exemption to all religions. But their is no logical reasoning that one could take to defend both of these positions. It is pure hypocrisy, and proof that the ACLU is an enemy of Christianity. I question their tax exempt-status! I think it's time for Christians on the left and right to wake up to the ACLU's agenda! SIGN THE PETITION TO GET THE ACLU OFF THE TAXPAYER'S DOLE This was a Stop The ACLU Blogburst. If you would like to join please Email Jay!

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