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Must Religious Organizations Be Required To Admit Non-Adherents as Members?

SterCrazy Wrote: Oct 22, 2012 7:15 AM
We're. It talking about government funded anything here. The student organizations are self-funded and only seek the same accommodation other groups have. Tax exemption of religious organIzations is NOT "taxpayer funding" or support, but a true separation issue between government and religion - the State should not put its hand in the collection plate of the church. Freedom of association is a basic right and government anti-discrimination acts are a violation of it in every case. A private group has the inviolable right to establish its criteria for association and cannot justly be forced to accept anyone - to do so is a violation of conscience and the assertion of privilege over right.

About five years ago, I had the privilege of making a presentation before the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a European intergovernmental organization established to protect, among other things, international “human rights.” While there, a prominent European atheist group also did a presentation claiming that churches across the world are violating the rights of atheists by excluding them from church membership.

Of course, this was news to me. So I listened.

Their argument went this way: governments subsidize churches directly through tax support, such as in Europe, or indirectly through tax exemptions, such as in the...