Thank you for taking the time to respond to this, I appreciate it...
and I can certainly see how what I said about "Seperation of Church and State" Could be somewhat confusing...Let me try to un-muddy the waters here and my point a little clearer.
To me "Organized Religion" and "The Church" are two entirely seperate entities, universes apart...
Let me explain what I mean by that,
I'll start with "Organized Religion"
What you said is right on the money(no pun intended) If Organized Religion want's to conduct them selves as a business and they do then YES they should lose their Tax excempt(sp?) statis and like yesterday...they can't have it both ways....If you or I started a business, just because we're say Catholic or in my case Episcopalian,we wouldn't get an exemption now would we..No..so it should be with "organized Religion".
Now Let's go to the Church....
"The Church" Isn't a denomination, building ,...IT's People...People who are reaching out to those that have been hurt, disillusioned by "The Organized Religion Machine"
People that take very seriously what JESUS said about being our brothers keeper....HE said "How can you tell your Brother go be warm and well fed, when you know that he isn't?"
"The Church" takes this to heart..and without Fanfare or sky rocket's...their taking care of those that need to understand that there is a world of difference between JESUS and "Organized Religion"
"Organized Religion" IMHO has alot of nerve Standing under the banner of CHRIST and then causing all the harm that they do!
"The Church" is seeing to it that, that lil one up the street isn't going to bed hungry, that The elderly in their communities aren't going hungry or eating dog food, because their being forced to chose between food or the meds that they need,or heating their home, or keeping the electric on,or paying their rent/house payment..seeing to it that they can get to see their Dr's and defray some of the cost..a clerical collar and a Big Cross can melt even the coldest hearts(Dirty pool??
..Perhap's) But if it get's those folks what they need then so be it...some provide free child care for those that are barely making it and can't afford the extra expense of child care..or taking care of an elderly loved one so that they can afford to keep soul and body together..I could go on and on....
Myrti,my problem with a bill like this is that it's a blanket bill/Law that will make it harder for "The Church" to continue to take care of these needs...yes it punishes the guilty..but it also harm's the innocent.
This isn't only about "Birth Control/Contaceptives"...this goes far deeper..
With Biils like this there is always something in the fine print....from something as stupid and silly as some congressman/women who want's their home town to name a street(pick your choice here) after them to something as serious as requireing "Sterilazation" for the "Challenged" or worse..
We don't yet know what's in the fine print...BUT one things for sure, if this bill becomes Law, then The Federal Government has got it's foot in the door as far as "Government control over our Freedoms" and that's something that I just can't over look..it look's harmless enough on the surface...but then so does a sleeping rattle snake
Myrti, I hope this un-muddies the waters...