May 20, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Texas to Unitarians: Go to Hell

Over in Texas, Electrolite: reports Electrolite, the state has decided that Universal Unitarianism doesn't cut it as a religion:
But according to the office of Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, a Denison Unitarian church isn’t really a religious organization—at least for tax purposes. Its reasoning: the organization “does not have one system of belief.”

Never before—not in this state or any other—has a government agency denied Unitarians tax-exempt status because of the group’s religious philosophy, church officials say. Strayhorn’s ruling clearly infringes upon religious liberties, said Dan Althoff, board president for the Denison congregation that was rejected for tax exemption by the comptroller’s office.

So is this a new way to pander to the theocrat vote: Outlaw non-theist religions? Somebody better warn the Society for Humanistic Judaism.

Now even though the Comptroller has already been overruled by the state court, here's a scary thought: She's the mother of the White House press secretary.