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Slippery
I am totally sick of the “slippery slope” that my conservative friends so often cling to!!

If I hear another person give me a slippery slope story I just might punch them. The idea of the slippery slope consumes so much of their lives. It is the center point for their current stands against gun regulation. It is the center point for their current stands of excluding anyone from their religious circles who don’t totally align with them. ¬†It is the center point of their current stands on taxes.

Source: Churches and Taxes РProCon.org.

US churches received an official¬†federal income tax exemption in 1894, and they have been unofficially tax-exempt since the country’s founding.¬†All 50 US states and the District of Columbia exempt churches from paying property tax. Donations to churches are tax-deductible. The debate continues over whether or not these tax benefits should be retained.

Proponents argue that a tax exemption keeps the government out of church finances and thus upholds the separation of church and state. They say that churches deserve a tax break because they provide crucial social services, and that church tax exemptions have been in place for over 200 years without turning America into a theocracy.

Opponents argue that giving churches special tax exemptions violates the separation of church and state, and that tax exemptions are a privilege, not a right guaranteed by the US Constitution. They say that in tough economic times the government cannot afford what amounts to a subsidy worth billions of dollars every year.

I am just posting a quick “aside” here to let you know that starting today I am posting again over at RedLetterLiving.net. The posts will primarily be¬†about a study I am currently engaged in on how the Christian church got from its beginnings to where it is today and what the future might be. ¬†If you are interested in that sort of thing pay me a visit there. I will be posting at least a couple of times a week for a few months. ¬†This study will be historical in nature and I will try as much as possible to avoid theological discussions ¬†and “church-speak”.