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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Your Tax Dollars Are Being Given To Churches

This is an outrage.  Hasn't anyone ever heard about the phrase in the Constitution of the Socialist Democracy of Amerika (the phrase isn't found in the Constitution of the United States of America, although most state worshiping people believe it is) that requires a strict wall of separation between the church and the state?  How can our government possibly justify taking our hard earned tax dollars and turning them over to churches that preach things like the sinfulness of men, the need for salvation from sin and the sinfulness of homosexual behavior? 
Go here for the story from the Washington Free Beacon entitled, "EPA spends $84,000 to study churches that preach climate change."  Well there you have it.  I completely misrepresented the story in my post headline, didn't I?  I confess.  I wrote that post headline just to get your attention.  I did not think the headline from the actual story was flashy enough to get you to take the time and read this post.  I know very well that the overwhelming majority of the citizens of the SDA would not even bat an eye when the federal government spends $84k of their tax dollars to study something totally irrelevant and immaterial to their daily lives.  That is just business as usual with the federal government and nobody really cares.  On the other hand, I also know that the overwhelming majority of the citizens of the SDA hate God, the Bible and the Christian Church.  So I knew that a headline declaring that the Christian church was the recipient of a tiny amount of taxpayer dollars would inspire outrage.  Did it?  I guess it does not really boil down to senseless and wasteful government spending.  It all boils down to who the money is being given to, doesn't it?
According to the story, "A taxpayer-funded graduate fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is examining 17 faith-based institutions that have implemented 'sustainability initiatives' in the hopes of developing workshops to teach pastors and other religious leaders how to change the behaviors of their congregants."  Now that is what I find interesting.  Did you catch what is being said in the above sentence?  SDA citizens would be motivated to take up arms against their government if the government agreed to be held sway by the teachings of the Christian church.  That tired old refrain about the wall of separation between the church and the state would be parroted from every rooftop in the land.  But as is quite obvious from what is reported above, the alleged wall of separation is a semi-permeable wall that allows for movement in one direction.  Nothing can flow from the church to the state but everything can flow from the state to the church. 
Where is the outrage from the Christian community when a group of pagan scholars from the University of Michigan make the bold-faced statement that their goal is to use taxpayer dollars to "change the behaviors" of people who are members of the Christian church?  Where are the claims of influence peddling?  Where are the calls for the erection of a strict wall of separation between the state and the church?  Why does nobody seem to give a hoot when members of the state declare outright that their goal is to change the thoughts and behaviors of Christians but when Christians make the same claim they are ordered to remain silent?
You all know how these conversations go.  The God-hating pagans will make some assertion about how we live in a secular state, thus declaring all biblical morality to be irrelevant.  The law of man is enshrined as the law of the land.  Like all man-made creations, the law of man expands and grows like a cancer until we get to the point where we are today.  Career politicians and bureaucrats have created a massive beast of law that controls and regulates every aspect of our lives.  Many of the laws are contradictory.  Many of the laws are immoral.  Did you know that it is now illegal for parents to leave their 13 year old son at home alone in Illinois?  Yep, if they do so and a neighbor spies on them and reports them to the local jack-booted thugs they will be arrested for child abuse and the child will be given to a family that loves the government more than they do.
On the other hand, if a Christian suggested that abortion is murder or that homosexual behavior is sinful he is immediately censored and silenced.  He is threatened with persecution for hate speech and hate crimes.  Even innocuous claims like God exists and has an opinion about what the law of the land should be are construed as hate-filled comments designed to make government approved people groups feel bad about themselves.  Imagine the outrage if pastors were conducting worshops for members of the RNC or the DNC and seeking to change the thoughts and behaviors of the members of the two political parties.  In fact, I believe the law of this sad land has declared that activity to be illegal.  Any church that attempts to engage in any activity that could be determined to be politically influential will find its tax exemption revoked.  So there you have it.  When the government wants to infiltrate the church to advance its pagan agenda everything is fine. When the church even thinks about having some degree of influence in the public square it is smacked down and ordered to submit to the decrees of the all-knowing, all-loving, all everything federal government, praised be its name forever, amen. 

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