Thursday, February 5, 2009

Church Secrets

Why is it that I don't like MegaChurchesTM?

Let's see...

They help self-loathing gay men pretend to be straight and threaten anyone that might let the truth leak out. But it does anyway.

They routinely try to dodge the microscopic taxes they do have to pay. And get caught.

When honest businesspeople try to get away from them, they abuse the courts with nuisance lawsuits to punish them. And lose.

They ignore city zoning regulations and try to use the RLUIPA laws to force their churches into inappropriate places. And lose.

They brazenly ignore the separation of church and state that gives them the freedom to worship as they see fit, then use their protected status to meddle in politics (under the ever-so-bloody shirt of "Pro Life"), using the GOP as a flag of convenience. Even self-proclaimed Conservative Republicans don't approve of it.

There's much more, but that's plenty for people who can make rational decisions.

Longmont has dozens of small churches (under a thousand members) and you don't see any of them trying to arm-twist the city into building them their own tax-immune enclave with never-ending tax breaks.

I keep hearing how LifeBridge is 'under attack' - which is ironic as hell, especially in light of activities during the last city council election.

The truth has a way of coming out... just like it did for Ted Haggard... and Jim Bakker... and Jimmy Swaggart (who had outed Bakker the year before)... and Tony Alamo... and the litany of pedophilic Catholic priests that bankrupted the Holy Church who had worked so hard to hide the truth from the public... the list is endless.

"Know the truth and the truth shall set you free."

But it will surely piss off the charlatans.

1 comment:

ToLo said...

Religion is the bane of mankind.

The Hindu parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant explains why.

The administration of George W Bush explains how.