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EST Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-03-07 01:04 AM
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12. Hardly surprising.
The catholic church, and its many offshoots, is, was and has been a political entity and force for its entire history, going back nearly two millennia. It was often the most powerful political power and even the only political power in many areas.
They have exercised life and death authority over millions, established and collected taxes and raised armies. A "tithe" is little more than a regressive or even a "sales" tax, levied on its parishioners.

I have long since passed the stage of aggrieved retribution and total condemnation of religion in general, but I do hold that sparing large institutions the task of and responsibility for contributing to the general welfare of the nation is a tax imposed on the rest of us.
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  -McCaskill invitation to speak revoked pstokely  May-02-07 10:48 PM   #0 
  - maybe they can find a child molesting priest to fill in for her nt  msongs   May-02-07 10:50 PM   #1 
  - This is a girls school  pstokely   May-02-07 10:54 PM   #3 
     - You can't mean girls are off limits for child molesting priests? n/t  countmyvote4real   May-02-07 11:02 PM   #7 
        - Hooray for the Bishops! America's Talibans!!  ShockediSay   May-03-07 01:38 AM   #13 
        - We just don't hear much about priests molesting girls. That's "normal", don't you know?  SharonAnn   May-03-07 08:47 PM   #18 
  - The Catholic church should have their tax exemption revoked  Erika   May-02-07 10:54 PM   #2 
  - And why should they receive federal tax monies?  LiberalFighter   May-02-07 10:58 PM   #5 
  - They wouldn't let Governor Joe Kernan speak at St. Joseph's High School in 2004  LiberalFighter   May-02-07 10:57 PM   #4 
  - Didn't they know that when they invited her?  tblue   May-02-07 11:01 PM   #6 
  - That's just fucking  zidzi   May-02-07 11:09 PM   #8 
  - the underling that initally invit4d her should have known that this was not  rodeodance   May-03-07 04:25 AM   #14 
  - Sheryl Crow, Bob Costas, and Billy Crystal regard this Archbishop as a joke.  Divernan   May-03-07 06:33 AM   #15 
  - Right..and since when has the Catholic Church  montanacowboy   May-03-07 11:02 AM   #16 
     - Lots have but not  zidzi   May-03-07 08:21 PM   #17 
  - Just another indication that ....  sjdnb   May-02-07 11:14 PM   #9 
  - I'm a Catholic, but I agree the Church's tax exempt status should be taken away!  napi21   May-02-07 11:20 PM   #10 
  - That St. Louis Archbishop...  Tandalayo_Scheisskopf   May-02-07 11:44 PM   #11 
  - Hardly surprising.  EST   May-03-07 01:04 AM   #12 
  - If this is the case, no politician ever should speak  jamesinca   May-03-07 11:51 PM   #19 
  - Raymond Burke is an ass.  proud2Blib   May-04-07 12:03 AM   #20 
  - I certainly wouldn't have my daughter going to a school where they would't let Sen. McCaskill speak.  PassingFair   May-04-07 07:46 AM   #21 
  - So, she's pro-choice, and she won't be allowed to speak . . .  hatrack   May-04-07 08:27 AM   #22 

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