Yesterday I passed by Sassy's blog and I came across this post She praises the Revenue Canada's legislative authourity to revoke a church's tax exempt status if it become too political. I wrote a brief comment at her blog but I couldn't go into more detail in attempting to explain why Sassy shouldn't be too easily enthused by this policy.
First, the criteria to revoke a church's tax exempt status is rather subjective It's up to RevCan to judge. Right, I want an entity in charge of squeezing as much money from citizens and organizations as it can get, to decide if Second, Sassy is rather disingenious if she thinks that churches should become nothing more than national/patrotic churches that cheerlead every state decision as the summit of human wisdom; yet expect the faithful to keep their religious beliefs private.
That's contrary to reality. Most political issues have moral implications; case in point the normalization of homosexual couplings in Canada. It's simply not a political priority for Canadians. They want a less intrusive and corrupt federal government that doesn't wastes money on useless policies like the gun registry or engage in outright fraud like Adscam and cut taxes.
Third, contemporary concept of church separation is nothing more than the state's ability to constantly interfere in a church's internal affairs while the former is immune from any challenges by the churches. The Spanish socialist is ramming through a whole host of undebated social changes and demonizes the Catholic church in particular for its bishops' opposition.
Finally, so what if the churches get involved in the political process? What makes their positions and perspectives such an affront that churches must be neutralized into obedient cheerleaders or commit lése-majesté by simply disagreeing with the state on political issues?