Pas de taxes pour le bon Dieu

Alors que le ministre de l’Éducation sabre dans les services d’orthopédagogie et l’achat de volumes et que les municipalités coupent dans les régimes de retraite, l’Église ne paye ni taxes scolaires, ni taxes municipales sur la valeur de son patrimoine immobilier, pourtant évalué à plusieurs milliards de dollars.

Alors que le ministre de l’Éducation sabre dans les services d’orthopédagogie et l’achat de volumes et que les municipalités coupent dans les régimes de retraite, l’Église ne paye ni taxes scolaires, ni taxes municipales sur la valeur de son patrimoine immobilier, pourtant évalué à plusieurs milliards de dollars.

Les groupes religieux de toutes croyances sont très actifs partout  au Québec. À preuve, on y dénombre plus de 4 000 lieux de culte public répartis sur le territoire québécois. Si l’Église catholique ne domine plus le paysage comme autrefois, le nombre d’emplacements occupés par les autres religions est globalement supérieur à cette dernière. Or, il faut savoir que les édifices à vocation religieuse bénéficient d’une exemption totale du paiement des taxes scolaires et municipales, en vertu de l’article 204 de la Loi sur la fiscalité.  Cet article est libellé comme suit:

«Un immeuble compris dans une unité d’évaluation inscrite au nom d’une corporation épiscopale, d’une fabrique, d’une institution religieuse ou d’une Église constituée en personne morale, et qui sert principalement soit à l’exercice du culte public, soit comme palais épiscopal, soit comme presbytère, à raison d’un seul par église, de même que ses dépendances immédiates utilisées aux mêmes fins.»

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According to the article from Religion Dispatches, former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, ambassador of the Vatican to the Dominican Republic, is now a layperson awaiting criminal trial in the Vatican for sexual abuse of young people. After intensive negative press, the Vatican announced on August 25 that since he was no longer in their service, Wesolowski is not covered under diplomatic immunity and could potentially be extradited presumably to either his native Poland or the D.R. where he had been credibly accused of sexual abuse. There’s always more to a story than meets the eye, and in this case it isn’t pretty.

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Christian groups ‘violently offended’ about ‘Black Jesus’ TV series

According to NY Daily News, Jesus Christ is alive and kicking it with his followers in Compton, Calif., in Adult Swim’s new comedy series. But some Christians are not amused. One Million Moms and other conservative groups are attempting to organize a boycott of the show and its advertisers.

Do ya’ll have any f-----g faith, brah?”, asks Black Jesus from homeless guy in the first episode.

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Film Review: Contradiction

WRITTEN BY MARK KOLSEN, GUEST WRITER FOR AAI NEWS TEAM

In Contradiction, Jeremiah Camara’s intelligent film about religion’s seduction of African-Americans, Lawrence Krauss says “the rise of non-belief is the rise of science.”

Krauss refers of course to natural sciences like cosmology and evolutionary biology, disciplines now giving us empirically based theories for the origin of the universe and man; and to social sciences like sociology and psychology, which are now explaining how the brain generates religious beliefs and behaviors. These new scientific discoveries, Camara recognizes, “are clashing with biblical doctrine,” and exposing the contradiction between truth and African-Americans’ irrationality. In the film – to take just one example – we hear the muddled African-American view that god must have created us, that we could not have evolved from “monkeys” because on earth “we still have monkeys.” This illogic is followed by Richard Dawkins’ concise, scientific explanation of the human family tree. 

Contradiction seamlessly mixes this science with history. Camara traces religion’s stranglehold over African-Americans’ reason (today 76% of all African-Americans say they pray daily) to the institution of slavery, when African-Americans either went to church or faced their masters’ wrath. Slaves adopting Christian beliefs and attending Christian churches received special treatment, even if the ‘beliefs’ were dictated by their masters. And Camara nicely documents the similarities and differences between the roles religious belief and churches have served in African-Americans’ lives.

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Creationist Ken Ham calls to end space program because aliens are going to hell anyway


Creationist Ken Ham has said that the U.S. space program is a waste of money because any alien life that scientists found would be damned to hell.

“I’m shocked at the countless hundreds of millions of dollars that have been spent over the years in the desperate and fruitless search for extraterrestrial life,” Ham wrote in the Christian website called Answers in Genesis.

According to The Raw Story, Ham argued that “secularists are desperate to find life in outer space” as a part of their “rebellion against God in a desperate attempt to supposedly prove evolution.”

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