Friday, July 6, 2012

1% church wastes money on banner

If you run a church with fewer than 12 congregants, what would you spend money from the collection plate on? Probably not what the church in this story squandered it on.

A few days ago, Lexington held its annual gay pride festival. But a church from Scott County with fewer than a dozen members tried to spoil the event by circling it with an airplane pulling a banner referencing a Bible verse about Sodom and Gomorrah.

This display cost the church $2,200. This follows the church sponsoring an antigay billboard in Lexington.

This church must have some mighty wealthy adherents to be able to afford to spend money on hogwash like this. The banner alone works out to more than $183 for each member. I'll admit it's been a number of years since I've been to church, but I sure don't remember seeing anyone at my church put $183 in the plate when they passed it around.

I don't wish to judge, but because the church in this story chooses to judge others, it's only fair that I judge this church. You can bet your bottom dollar they'd be among the first to demand that the IRS abolish its rule on revoking the tax-exempt status of religious bodies that engage in partisan activity. Not like the IRS ever enforces it anymore. We taxpayers are in effect subsidizing churches that support Wall Street politicians. America's poorest families are paying hundreds a month just for housing, but right-wing churches can afford to spend thousands just to try to ruin a gay pride festival - and these churches don't have to pay taxes!

Americans who work hard are frustrated with checkbook clergy that just want a handout. That's as bad as the big banks.

Luckily, folks who attended the festival didn't let the Taliban destroy their day. Anyone who saw the banner thought the church accomplished nothing except to discredit itself.


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