Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the militant atheist who attended Socialist Workers Party meetings and later attempted to defect to the Soviet Union, was someone who championed taxing churches.
Today, her cause is being taken up by a new strain of militant atheists. One such person is Felix Salmon, the senior editor at Fusion who has been an “out” atheist for 16 years.
Many people would consider such a move — abolishing all religious tax exemptions — to be too drastic. But at the very least it is entirely right and proper for the state to say to a church that if you want to thumb your nose at a fundamental right which is held by all Americans, then we are not going to privilege you with tax-free status. We’ll let you practice your bigotry, at least within the confines of your own church. But we’re not about to reward you for doing so.
I see. So the big government should have the power to regulate what is being taught in churches. Once again, we can see the authoritarian nature of today’s modern day atheist. This is one of the reasons I could never return to atheism – I value freedom too much and have no desire police other people’s thoughts.