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Citing a Tampa Tribune article from Jan.14, 2006, six churches along a 0.6-mile stretch of Manhattan Ave in south Tampa have a combined property value of 21.9 million dollars, of which zero dollars of that is taxed. If churches want to now lobby and legislate our laws then it time for them to pay their fair share. If they are so Pro-American values why don't they want to pay their fair share of taxes like every other hard working American? Churches should be first in line to pay for the war against terrorism, the war against abortion, and the war against gay people. I say put up your dollars or shut up.
I suggest that property taxes on church properties be properly taxed and the monies used to fund social programs that George W. Bush says should be Faith based out of the side of his mouth while very few churches do anything to help those in need, instead enjoying a tax holiday while preaching politics from the pulpit instead of morality and ethics.
The holy Bush even went so far as to apply the Declaration of Independence to unborn fetuses, "You believe as I do that every human life has value, that the strong have a duty to protect the weak and that the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence apply to everyone, not just to those considered healthy or wanted or convenient,"(sic).
As a Buddhist I consider all life sacred, and as a principle I am against abortion. However, I do believe that humans have something called free will, which is also a Christian concept, to choose for themselves. I feel this is not something that should be regulated by government control, and violates the basics tenets of our country's separation of church and state. The thing that makes this country so great is that our founding fathers had the insight and wisdom to dictate the edicts that ensure our freedoms today, something that George Bush and the religious right hope to take away from us.
Bush is also assailing our personal privacy rights with his propaganda to protect us from terrorism. "I'm not a lawyer, but I can tell you what it means: It means Congress gave me the authority to use necessary force to protect the American people, but it didn't prescribe the tactics," Bush said.
In other words Bush feels he can take any means possible to protect the American People whether it is it legal or not. He can read your email, he can listen to your cell phone calls. He can knock down your door and arrest you and hold you in prison for as long as he wants without probable cause.
He can and He already has.