THEIST_WATCH Msg : 74 Written : 08/11/94 06:17pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To :

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THEIST_WATCH Msg : 74 Written : 08/11/94 06:17pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Taxes Anyone? Taxes Anyone? In 1989, the Supreme Court of the United State, in effect, struck down a Texas statute which gave exemption from sales tax to religious periodicals. Later, Jimmy Swaggart was told by California that he must pay the sales taxes on Bibles which he sold in that state. Nothing of that means anything to Rhode Island. It insists that it must "preserve" its sales tax exemption for Bibles and other "canonized scriptures." The state, which is 65 percent Roman Catholic, refused to follow the 1963 Supreme Court decision (Murray v. Curlett) and stop Bible reading and prayer recitation in the public schools of Rhode Island. As an excuse for not following the Supreme Court ruling one senator explained: If you read the state Constitution, it says you will not be encumbered in any way to freely practice your religion. The Constitution goes out of its way to state that freedom of religion is paramount. I would argue that a (sales) tax is an unnecessary burden on the freedom of religion. What else can we say? Another moron Senator opined that the Supreme Court case did not apply in Rhode Island, because "the history of the Constitution in Rhode Island" was a more applicable statute. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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