It probably isn’t in the government’s interest to get rid of church tax-exemptions, so I suspect this is just loose talk by the left about eliminating another constitutional amendment that is not currently useful to them. And there’s been rumblings about this for at least a decade on the internet. It’s just a bit louder right now and will die back down. Still, it should be addressed.
The depiction of tax exemption of religious non-profits and churches as unfair is a bizarre view that would require assumption that all property naturally belongs to the state, and that allowing churches to keep the money they are given in donations is an act of largesse as opposed to a hedge against untoward influence of government.
I’ve heard this environmental lead causes crime theory before, but here is a longer article about it. It’s interesting.
The fact that there is a secret court in America makes me unutterably sad. However well known it may be.
The Obama administration has asked a secret surveillance court to ignore a federal court that found bulk surveillance illegal and to once again grant the National Security Agency the power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans for six months.
It’s weaselly political machinations like this that give lawyers and politicians a bad name.
Words of Radiance – Brandon Sanderson. I found Mistborne to be meh, but I enjoyed the first book in this series, The Way of Kings, though it could have used some editing down, so we’ll see how this one goes. Given that this tome clocks in at 1000 pages too, it counts as at least two books.
Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco. I enjoyed The Name of the Rose and I am a sucker for Well Read Moose‘s displays.
Shadow & Claw: The First Half of ‘The Book of the New Sun’ – Gene Wolfe. I’m being so literary this summer, no?
The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia – Peter Hopkirk. Because that’s just a great phrase and Gunga Din was a good movie. If I manage to learn some history about the ‘stans all the better.
The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome – Susan Wise Bauer. My Saturday morning and standing in line reading.