You’ve probably heard it before: if churches are going to involve themselves in politics, then they might as well give up their tax exempted status and start paying for the right to have a political voice, like the rest of us.
Pat Robertson has a thing or two to say about this.
On Monday, Robertson snapped and accused a viewer of having a “liberal mentality” when she suggested that the tax-exempt status amounted to a government handout to churches. The viewer, named Wendy, bore the brunt of Old Man Robertson’s anger for daring to suggest that they should live by faith, not by tax-exempt donations.
In an email, Wendy asked Robertson “whose churches are we” and added that “Are we God’s church or the world’s? Jesus said, ‘Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s.’ Taxes.”
She continued hammering the question, asking Robertson “Why are churches taking a handout from the government?”
I’m sure this is a question we’ve all wondered at some point or another. Robertson apparently hasn’t, though, since the question blindsided him and he seemed outraged at the though that such a heretical idea could even exist:
I don’t know what handout you’re talking about. We don’t take a handout from the government. Not paying taxes, it’s your money. The fact the government doesn’t take it away from you is not a government handout, and time immemorial, what belongs to God is what belongs to God!
That money in the church is given by people to the Lord. It doesn’t belong to the government. So, that’s not a handout to keep the government from taking it away from you.
Robertson accused Wendy of having “this liberal mentality that everything that you have belongs to the government.” He added that it was a “benefit and privilege that they don’t take it away from you” and insisted that “that’s the reverse, it belongs to you. And they shouldn’t take what belongs to God.”
So should we add “tax specialist” on Robertson’s already impressive resume of subjects he rambles on about without any understanding?
And lest you think Robertson’s motives for defending the tax-exempt status are pure, know they’re only as pure as the diamonds from Robertson’s diamond mining operation that he was accused of funneling donations into through his tax-exempt organization, Operation Blessing.
What, can’t diamonds be a deity’s best friend, too?
You can watch Robertson below:
h/t: Raw Story