Sunday, February 19, 2017

Non-Profits & Churches

Churches are non-profits not because they are churches but because they are also a corporation and a tax exempt non-profit. The law for non-profits is quit specific you cannot endorse a candidate or political party, but you are allowed to lobby for or against a law up to a certain point.
Utah, LDS Church join 'friend of court' briefs in transgender bathroom case
Deseret News
By Tad Walch
Published: Feb. 17, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — The LDS Church is one of six faith groups that have filed a joint "friend of the court" brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing a federal ruling that allows transgender students to use bathrooms matching their stated gender identity.

The brief's purpose "is to inform the court about the sharp clashes with religious belief and practice that will arise if the court interprets the term 'sex' in Title IX to include gender identity," according to a copy of the brief posted by scotusblog.com.

The friends listed in the brief are The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and the Christian Legal Society.
I do not like churches to get involved with legislation, it is their right to do so but I don’t like it. They have too much power over the followers… “You are going to hell! If you don’t pick up your phones and call your legislators to vote against the bill!”

What they are doing is trying to force everyone else to follow their beliefs whether it is abortion, deciding when to end your own life or if you are LGBT. The First Amendment says in part,
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…
Since the beginning of the Republic it has been interpreted to mean that government could not interfere with what went on inside the church. Now the far right is trying to change that to mean in their everyday life so that they can discriminate against people that they don’t like.

Think about that for a second. Does that mean that someone can discriminate against LGBT people? If they is true, does it mean that you can discriminate against someone because they are black? What about against other religions? And to carry it to the ultimate extreme would they be able to have animal or human sacrifice?

If you say no to human sacrifice then where do you draw the line? Or for that matter who draws the line?

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