Wow. Ok - here's the deal: The rights of atheists are already Constitutionally recognized...they don't have to be a religion, in order to exercise religious freedom. However, if this group calling itself the Atheist Church is using the tax-exempt status OF a church, while raising funds, and making profits, it may be in for a rude awakening...or at least a little digging by the IRS.<quoted text>
But if they call THEMSELVES that in order to.meet some kind of rights thing.??
To me they are one.
There is one group out of Wisconsin that travels thousands of miles to protest that a Nativity scene in a small town that has Bern a decades old tradition offends them.
Some of these towns whose TAXPAYERS
are fine with it...are barely on the map..
IMO it's just an excuse to Make headlines and collect money for their cause.
Ok now if they qualify as a religion ..which Again THEY are trying to do or have done..then they can put up their own NON NATIVITY scene. I assume ...in one place a few years ago the atheists got to display a proclamation that there is no God
I.am nit saying ALL atheists ..But some seem to worship something in their beliefs.
IMO.walks like a duck ..ACTS like on e..fir all practical.purpose it US a duck ...And as a religion it gets government benefits...
Churches that sin g hymns and worship NO GOD are part of a religion..
Sorry I just hate politics interfering in town business.
Our public streets are used for gay pride parades..our city sponsor s a holiday light contest ..including religious displays
We sometimes rally around the PUBLIC flag in May for praying.
It's ALL our towns business .. nit some busybody from states away who does nit contribute to our tax base .
I say live and let live on these things ..if I do not want to match in a parade for anything...I stay home..
I have no interest I n my neighbors personal business .a couple of them I am very fond of..We help each other as neighbors do ..
We mostly all get along ..well until the city tried to close off our streets ..then we ALL found a compromise in city hall .
"Imo we,should all where we live get along ..work together .And let live ..And not go traipsing around ruining local holidays ..it's the business of each city...But then it has BECOME A BUSINESS ..collecting money for the cause ...
But that's me
Don't you WANT the IRS to be sure a group deserves to be exempt from paying taxes on its profits, before granting tax-exempt status to any and every group that applies for it?
I sure do. I have to PAY my taxes....and since I'm paying self-employment rates, I figure I have as much say as anyone about what other entities are throwing into the communal pot.
Now, about that sticking one's nose where it doesn't belong, as far as that Wisconsin Civil Rights group is concerned....well....perhaps you can understand why they feel it's any of their business- you're the one aching to involve yourself in the decisions made by pregnant women who aren't you.