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  •  Very good! (4+ / 0-)

    And excellent point about the property taxes on church buildings.
    Does ANYONE think imposing property taxes on, say, Central Lutheran in downtown Minneapolis, will IMPROVE the area? What you describe is exactly correct: the church would close and some Goldman Sachs/Bain Capital bastard fund would swoop in, blow up the building (not even hand-demolish to rescue the architectural bits) and put up 62 stories of Bland Moderne.
         They will have arranged (paid for) a "tax abatement" for their "work", and then will turn the building over to a rent collection shell corporation that spends its existence a) hounding the tenants while b) coming up with new and better ways to skimp on maintenance.
          Meanwhile, the Free Store will have disappeared. The meals and sheltering will be gone. The Free Clothing Closet (since 1964) will be gone, and more of the homeless of the Twin Cities will freeze to death. And NO, the increased property taxes will NOT feed them, clothe them or shelter them....

    There are times when the knee-jerk, anti-religious mania around this site is kind of hard to take. Yes, there are many things religious bodies have done wrong and must answer for. But to declare unilaterally that THEREFORE, since bad things have been done in the name of religion, ALL religion is thereby evil and deserves to be eliminated, seems to be falling off Luther's horse on the other side for sure. (And they can go look that up....)

    Shalom.
         

    "God has given wine to gladden the hearts of people." Psalm 104:15

    by WineRev on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 01:05:18 PM PDT

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    •  lots of folks here have been hurt by church (1+ / 0-)
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      and hurt people hurt people.

      so i try to give them the benefit of the doubt and sometimes a wide berth.

      I try to speak to the people in the middle rather than engage with the hardcore.

      and there are lots of seriously hardcore anti-religious people on this blog.

      Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
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      by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 02:16:24 PM PDT

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