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Mansion's 'cross' didn't help banker's tax case

There are 203 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 21, 2009, titled Mansion's 'cross' didn't help banker's tax case. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

One of the most artful property-tax tricks in the history of Illinois -- a sham of near biblical proportions -- has finally been exorcised.

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The Farm North of Hinsdale

#223 Jul 23, 2009
Gillian wrote:
All this begs the question: What constitutes a church? If we are prepared (and, as a society, we clearly are) to grant property tax exempt status to churches, have we thought about how to define "church"? Do the congregants have to hold certain beliefs?(That would be dangerous territory to legislate...) Would they have to engage in a particular set of rituals?(What rituals would it take to qualify?) And is there any set of rules we could come up with that everyone could agree to that wouldn't also usher in Michael's Church of a Couple of Guys? Unless we are willing to establish a state religion (and I certainly hope we are not!), it seems to me that determining what is and isn't a church is a hopelessly impossible task.
Maybe Potter Stewart said it best.

Springfield, MO

#224 Jul 24, 2009
Tax all of them or none of them. I favor taxing them all.

Nashville, TN

#225 Jul 28, 2009
Jesus said, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." I guess Michaels couldn't wait til then, so bought one of his own and claimed it as a church. Perhaps instead of a Cross, the symbol of the Christian Church, he should have put the "$" on the front to represent the truth: He lives and breathes the Church of the Almighty Dollar.

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