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ihaveaquestion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:48 AM
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Is Texas defining acceptable religious practice for you?
I'm from Florida, but Texas is right off my list of places to go based on the following.....

Unitarian group denied tax status
By R.A. Dyer
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

AUSTIN - Unitarian Universalists have for decades presided over births, marriages and memorials. The church operates in every state, with more than 5,000 members in Texas alone.

But according to the office of Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, a Denison Unitarian church isn't really a religious organization -- at least for tax purposes. Its reasoning: the organization "does not have one system of belief."


http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/state/8692961.htm?1c

This is a serious and blatent attack on liberal religion and institutions that has supported liberal beliefs for years - including gay marriage.

For those not familiar with UUism, check out their website at www.uua.org .

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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:55 AM
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smada Donating Member (311 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 09:58 AM
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2. This has always been a grey area
As almost everyone here knows, politics and religion are nearly inextricable. How do you keep them seperate?

The religious right is famous for handing out their "voter guides" telling their congregation which Republican candidate is the more draconian so they can vote for them. It's almost standard operating procedure for Democrat candidates to go campaigning in black churches.

I'm not sure why neither is given much attention or disallowed. But then I also have First Amendment concerns about restricting those activities.

Like I said, a big grey area.
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Brazosboomer Donating Member (337 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:22 AM
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3. Over and Done with ----- for now
It's been "reviewed" and overturned ----
http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/state/8754350.htm



After review, church receives tax exemption

By Jay Root

Star-Telegram Austin Bureau


AUSTIN - Reversing an earlier decision, state Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn announced Monday that a Unitarian church in Denison will get tax-exempt status.

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ihaveaquestion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 10:24 AM
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4. Can I get the article without creating a sign in?
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amber dog democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-27-04 10:31 AM
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5. She's such a whore.
I have hated her for years, - going back to when she was mayor.
Carol is good at grandstanding. I am glad she is going after Perry, but don't believe she is qualified for the governor's role.

As far as religeon. Personally I am not a follower of any organized faith, so its a moot effect. I do not register surprise at her mean spirited actions. I expect no less from her.

In many ways Texas has a mean spirited take on things. We are actually the somewhat friendly state.
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Gothmog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 06:26 PM
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6. Bad Decision that has been reversed
I was upset when I first saw the ruling but was happier when the ruling was reversed. This was a silly ruling that would not had survived court challenge.
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