...In fact, I would go so far as to draw comparisons between pre-reviolutionary France and 21st century America. Religious institutions benefit greatly from tax breaks and faith based initiatives. In the latter case, that’s OUR tax money going into their pockets. If you’re going to accept help from a church based institution, you’re going to get a sermon. And some of those sermons have to do with homosexuality, female inferiority and birth control. Why should we be paying the government to help these churches out? The first estate has it pretty nice compared to some of the rest of us and they are determined to keep it that way. The church would very much like to continue to sink its teeth into us.
Trinity Church owns some prime real estate in lower Manhattan worth zillions. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (the Jehovah’s Witnesses) owns a good chunk of Brooklyn. And then there are all the Catholic institutions and hospitals and such. They have a lot to lose if the country becomes more secular. And what will happen when Americans finally start demanding that churches stop freeloading on the taxpayer’s largess? What are their property taxes like? Hmmmm….