This constitutes ‘one of those things’ that I just assumed ‘had always been that way’. Or rather, I had never really thought about it. It just was.
But did you know?
Did you know that the whole keep-politics-out-of-the-pulpit/tax-exemption thing only dates back to Lyndon Johnson and the aptly named (wait for it)… Johnson Act (creative, I know) of the 1950s?
Yeah. Makes you think.
Or, at least, having watched America: Freedom to Fascism, which is in part an expose on the 16th Amendment, the Federal Reserve, and the IRS, it makes me think.
So what are your thoughts? Does the government have the authority to take away those rights in exchange for tax-exemption? (Then there’s the whole argument about the constitutionality of income taxes versus corporation taxes, et cetera, but I’m typing this on my phone so I can’t really delve into that right now to the extent that it deserves…)