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Taxing the Tithe

by on Feb.27, 2009, under Faith in the Public Square

The government is looking for money, and this week it proved that nothing is sacred in its never ending search for new revenue sources. The Chronicle of Philanthrophy reported that the feds are preparing to tap into the offering baskets of churches, synagogues, faith-based ministries and other non-profits whose life blood is the generosity of private donors.

The proposal to cap the annual tax deductible amount that can be given to non-profit organizations isn’t unexpected. In our increasingly secularized and faith-hostile culture it was really only a matter of time. But what does that say about who and where we are as a nation? What does it mean when we discourage generosity toward organizations like the Salvation Army, an acknowleged model of compassion and integrity in favor of corrupt and inefficient government bureaus?

How misplaced are our priorities when we spend billions on a “war” on drugs and then take steps toward disarming organziations like Teen Challenge that actually succeed at restoring drug casualties to productive lives?

Hello? Does this make any sense? More later.

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