Friday, January 9, 2009

No More Unrestricted Grants to Churches

From Religion Clause:

Settlement Bars Louisiana From Making Unrestricted Grants To Churches

AP reported yesterday that the state of Louisiana has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought against it by the ACLU challenging appropriations in the 2007 state budget bill for two churches, with no restrictions on the churches' use of the funds. (Similar appropriations to six other churches had also been approved.) In August 2007, a federal district court issued a preliminary injunction barring the state from disbursing the appropriated funds. (See prior posting.) Under the agreed-upon settlement, the state will no longer grant unrestricted funds to churches.

Posted by Howard Friedman


ToLo said...

This is good news, especially given that it happened in the heart of the Bible belt. I have nothing against Christianity (as Gandhi said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”), but a government should not give money to a church that then uses the money to influence government or politicians. That way lies theocracy, and in case anyone is forgetting, theocracy is what our ancestors came to America to get away from.

For that matter, if a church is going to influence votes or stump for a politician or party, they should lose their tax exempt status. MHO

Doogman said...

Or if a church invites a politician to use their pulpit to campaign. It's time for that BS to stop too. You want freedom from taxes? Then quit trying to influence elections to get tax breaks for your wingnut pals. Love the Gandhi quote!