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Old May 1st, 2015, 05:54 AM   #1
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banning christianity?

the federal government has said in arguments before the supreme court that once gay marriage is mandated as law of the land that private christian churches, schools and universities will be forced to comply or they will be stripped of tax exempt status.

I remember being told in an internet argument that the government would never do that.
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the federal government has said in arguments before the supreme court that once gay marriage is mandated as law of the land that private christian churches, schools and universities will be forced to comply or they will be stripped of tax exempt status.

I remember being told in an internet argument that the government would never do that.
I don't believe that requiring religious institutions to comply with the law of the land constitutes "banning". And stripping them of their entirely undeserved tax exempt status seems a perfect punishment for their continued commitment to inequality.

No one will make them marry. No one will made a church perform a "gay" marriage. What you heard on the Internet is true...except in the minds of the "religious right". Hate is a powerful force. If you look closely you will find that hate is a key element of ALL religions. And they are free to go on hating...but no more discrimination. That seems fair.
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Just out of curiosity...what do you mean by forced to comply. Why shouldn't they have to comply with the law? It is after all the LAW.
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Old May 1st, 2015, 06:17 AM   #4
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the federal government has said in arguments before the supreme court that once gay marriage is mandated as law of the land that private christian churches, schools and universities will be forced to comply or they will be stripped of tax exempt status.

I remember being told in an internet argument that the government would never do that.
I would like to see where that statement was made
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Old May 1st, 2015, 08:38 AM   #5
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the federal government has said in arguments before the supreme court that once gay marriage is mandated as law of the land that private christian churches, schools and universities will be forced to comply or they will be stripped of tax exempt status.

I remember being told in an internet argument that the government would never do that.
Please explain to be exactly what the thread title has to do with the OP you wrote. It amounts to little more than nonsensical gibberish.
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Old May 1st, 2015, 09:01 AM   #6
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Well...webby, I'm going to go out n a limb and try to make sense out of your OP and title.

In no way do I (or the majority IMO) want Christianity or any other religion banned.

I do want religion kept out of our education systems ana laws.

I do not care if church A.)doesn't want to preform a wedding ceremony as long as church B.) across the street can and both ceremonies or recognized equally.

I do feel that churches should pay taxes like any other business operating in the states.

If the church is to be exempt from taxes then it property of the people as a whole and can be used for whatever purpose the people see fit.
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Old May 1st, 2015, 11:31 AM   #7
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the federal government has said in arguments before the supreme court that once gay marriage is mandated as law of the land that private christian churches, schools and universities will be forced to comply or they will be stripped of tax exempt status.

I remember being told in an internet argument that the government would never do that.
That's bs. A church is its own religious hang out and the freedom to be a nasty minded, narrow minded anti-Christ bigot is still protected under the laws. Your fear of the gay certainly is a questionable response.
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I don't understand why a church which has an anti-gay dogma would be forced to marry gay couples.
Catholic churches aren't forced to marry divorced couples who haven't received an annulment from the church; Jewish temples and Church of Latter Day Saints aren't required to marry interfaith couples.
Why the caveat for gay couples?

And I'm asking as somebody in STRONG favor of gay rights to marriage.
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I don't understand why a church which has an anti-gay dogma would be forced to marry gay couples.
Catholic churches aren't forced to marry divorced couples who haven't received an annulment from the church; Jewish temples and Church of Latter Day Saints aren't required to marry interfaith couples.
Why the caveat for gay couples?

And I'm asking as somebody in STRONG favor of gay rights to marriage.

They should not. But IMO if the church is tax exempt then any citizen should be allowed to rent it out for their service if their belief system differs from that of the church then they can supply their own pastor or what ever.
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They should not. But IMO if the church is tax exempt then any citizen should be allowed to rent it out for their service if their belief system differs from that of the church then they can supply their own pastor or what ever.
That's an interesting and persuasive idea.
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