Friday, May 1, 2015

CHURCHES ARE AFRAID OF LOSING THEIR TAX-EXEMPT STATUS IF SCOTUS AFFIRMS THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO SAME-SEX MARRIAGE


Mike Huckabee: "I respect the courts, but the Supreme Court is only that -- the supreme of the courts. It is not the supreme being. It cannot overrule God," he said. "When it comes to prayer, when it comes to life, and when it comes to the sanctity of marriage, the court cannot change what God has created."  [See.http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/30/1381466/-Mike-Huckabee-Supreme-Court-cannot-overrule-God#]

My assessment is that beyond their hatred of gay people, the fear that SCOTUS may well affirm same-sex marriages is chilling to those pastors and other professing Christians because, although pastors will be free to not marry same-sex couples, their churches may well lose their tax-exempt status if they don't follow the law of the land.  Once same-sex marriage is viewed as constitutional, pastors will be free to discriminate, but at the cost of their churches losing their tax exempt status.  In my opinion, this is the main reason we're seeing such desperate rhetoric while SCOTUS deliberates the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.  In America, the best perspective is to "follow the money!"
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2 comments:

genevieve said...

Very true, Jerry.

Eric Bonetti said...

I wanted to add that there are affirming churches that still do violence to the LGBT community. Bob Malm, the rector of my supposedly affirming church, Grace Episcopal in Alexandria VA, is trying to force me and my family out of the parish by directing parish staff, clergy and lay leaders to engage in organized shunning, after we complained about questionable HR, accounting, cash management and governance issue in the church