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TootStorm - Politics/Separation Of Church And State 

Should this be allowed, then you can add this to other disastrous decisions such as corporate personhood, imminent domain for private businesses and Citizens United. . .decisions that turn the Constitution, and by extension, our democracy into a sham. Here endeth the lesson.

TootStorm - Politics/Separation Of Church And State 

They have the mechanism of tithing and offerings in their arsenal. If they want to improve the safety of their playground, good on them! Do a special offering. . .that is tax deductible for its members. . .and take care of business. Public facilities are just that. . .public. . .and they rely on those tax dollars for their very existence. . .they don’t have the “love offering” to fall back on.

TootStorm - Politics/Separation Of Church And State 

Herein is the slippery slope I spoke of. . .a relgious organization chooses to do something, cites safety as their concern and then expects the government to swoop in and take care of it for them. . .even though the organization should have thought ahead to the cost of said safety when they designed the playground to begin with. No organization’s rights are being infringed upon by asking them to take care of their own facilities.

TootStorm - Politics/Separation Of Church And State 

The parochial school is making the argument that churches and other religious organizations aren’t barred from receiving police or fire protection, which are issues of safety that are funded by the government. Why should this be different? Isn’t this an issue of safety? The difference is as follows: Nobody is forcing the school to have a playground. That is their choice. There is no mandate by the government to have one.

TootStorm - Politics/Separation Of Church And State 

The attorney for the state of Missouri expertly noted that if safety is the reason to allow government money to be given to religious organizations, then would it not stand to reason that the government should then pay for having every church or synagogue in the country repainted if they have lead paint? What’s next?

TootStorm - Politics/Separation Of Church And State 

The director of the parochial school in question says, “The issue here is that children are children, & their safety is important to us, & the children should not be treated as second-class citizens.” “Now you’re treating a religious organization worse than everybody else,” he says. “The government is not funding a religious activity; it’s funding the playground where children play.”

TootStorm - Politics/Separation Of Church And State 

It’s also there to protect the state. Allowing churches & religious organizations to set the terms of when “religious liberty” applies & when it doesn’t, puts the government in the position of effectively endorsing the activities of religious institutions, whether intended or not, by explicitly allowing those institutions to “reap where they did not sow”. Yet, the state is denied that same right. It is a slippery slope that need not be traveled.

TootStorm - Politics/Separation Of Church And State 

But only for as much as it suited them. The religious organization or church that shakes a fist in the air & claims their rights & religious freedoms are being violated in issues such as gay marriage & the like are the same institutions who are now wanting the lines blurred or eliminated when it comes to the issues of. . .you guessed it. . .money. They fail to recognize that the separation of church & state isn’t just there to protect them:

TootStorm - Politics/Separation Of Church And State 

Before you judge me, a little background is in order: I am not your typical liberal. I grew up in an evangelical household. My father was a pastor of a Pentecostal/Charismatic church & I saw things done in the name of God that bothered me a great deal. And it was not just at my dad’s church, it was in all of them I had been associated with. Same thing with the bible college I went to as a young adult. They were for separation of church & state:

TootStorm - Politics/Separation Of Church And State 

Mach argues that now these religious schools are trying to “have their cake and eat it too.” “It wants to keep those benefits and also get handouts from the government,” he says. Making this case yet more interesting is a provision in the Missouri Constitution — and similar language in 36 other state constitutions — that bars direct or indirect aid to parochial schools.

TootStorm - Politics/Separation Of Church And State 

This is to prevent the government from interfering with religion. Religious institutions not only have tax-exempt status, but general civil rights laws do not apply to them. 5 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that teachers at a Lutheran school could not sue under the Americans with Disabilities Act, because the church said it considers teachers to be ministers of the church.

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