Hate group leader Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel

Somehow the hate group known as Liberty Counsel has managed to convince the Internal Revenue Service that it is a church or church support organization. The result of this is that Liberty Counsel is no longer required to file an annual report with the IRS which means that the organization will operate in secrecy. If that is not bad enough, Congress has passed a measure that makes auditing churches nearly impossible.

This is outrageous. It reeks of Christian supremacy — One set of laws for conservative Christians; another set of laws for everyone else. We all subsidize groups like Liberty Counsel. We have a right to know what they took in and how they spent it. Being tax-exempt is a privilege. It is not a right and it comes with certain responsibilities.

I, for one, have already started to make noise and I intend to make much more of same. Liberty Counsel does not deserve special privileges. As much as I loather slippery slope arguments, I have to ask: Who is next? If Liberty Counsel is a religious organization then what about other hate groups? How about Porno Pete and his merry little band of crackpots? What makes that operation any less religious than Mat Staver’s hate factory?

Now would be a very good time to write to your elected representatives (by regular US mail if you please) before this gets totally out of hand and there is no oversight whatsoever. What is Mat Staver trying to hide?

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.