Various religious groups spent a combined $35.8 million on a publicity campaign in California, urging voters to amend the state Constitution to deprive gays of the right to marry. Christians, Jews, and Muslims of all races and backgrounds united to suppress equal rights for gays and lesbians, asserting that it is their religious freedom to do so.
Many opponents of Proposition 8 have suggested that these groups should now be stripped of their tax-exempt status. IRS regulation 501(c)(3) clearly states that tax-exempt charities may not intervene in political campaigns or conduct substantial lobbying activities. The use of church funds to influence political elections would therefore appear to violate this law. To file a complaint with the IRS, insisting that churches pay taxes on this $35.8 million, click here.
After all, churches are given tax-exempt status to do charitable work, not support partisan political campaigns. If its money will be used for this purpose, then the church should be taxed fairly like everyone else.
Supporters of Proposition 8 allege that banning marriage equality does not discriminate against gays, in spite of the fact that this law obviously targets them and restricts only their rights. Straight marriage laws will not be affected by Proposition 8. Protectmarriage.com asserts that children will be confused by same-sex couples, and that individuals who believe that gays are sinners should be allowed to pass those beliefs on to their children without interference.
Christians showed overwhelming support for Proposition 8. It is worth mentioning that none of the following issues warranted ballot initiatives during the election, or millions in financial support:
Instead of these causes, Christians have chosen to rally around an issue that involves nothing more than what gets what word.
In the long night of superstition the Christians have wandered away from the simplicity of the Gospel. The worship of prejudice has inseparably blended with the Cross; and the power of the mind, curiosity, and inclusion are numbed by the habits of obedience and belief. The church has ceased to spread Christ's own love, and has fully dedicated itself to sowing the seeds of hatred and exclusion.
Jesus said, "The path to destruction is wide, and there are many who go in by it." Modern Christians reply, "This is obviously the narrow path. There are 800 million of us on it, and we all agree on this. Only our beliefs are correct, and anyone who disagrees with us must be subverted."
You are mortal; you await death, resurrection, and judgement. Today you live and tomorrow you are dust; one fever will quench all your pride. What will you say, when you come before God, of your unrighteous bigotry? How will you defend perverting His teachings into a secular political movement of bias, denying basic equality and common decency to those who never did you a bit of harm?
Stop persecuting our people and demolishing our families. Welcome peace, love concord, that you yourselves may live peaceful and untroubled lives, and that Americans may see an end to their divisions and may cease destroying their fellow Americans.
Sorry for the rant. I don't normally talk politics at Hansisgreat, and don't intend to do so again in the forseeable future. This stuff has just been on my mind. It's not very Christian, and it's not very nice. They really hurt my feelings.