LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ryan on right track with church taxes

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 | 12:29 p.m. CDT

Congressman Ryan certainly is correct about one thing: He believes that churches, in order to protect their integrity, should not depend on government subsidies, i.e. they should rely on their own resources. In other words, they should pay property taxes. WOW! Although Ryan is right, his proposal stands in bold opposition to many Catholic leaders, who want even more public money in order to prop up parochial schools and other church activities.

Does Mr. Romney agree with Ryan? In Utah a few years ago, a voucher proposal was voted down decisively despite strong support from the Mormon hierarchy, who also sought taxpayer money for church schools.

Furthermore, why stop with property taxes? Why not remove the tax-exemption for charitable deductions that help folks like Romney reduce their tax burden? This too is a subsidy from us taxpayers.

So, on one hand we find the Roman Catholic hierarchy claiming that their parishioners are victims when they do no receive government money; while, on the other, a prominent Catholic stating that his brethren are victims if they do.

Donald D. Meyer is a resident of Labadie.


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