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Mike Kiger is a Philadelphia native who is currently serving as chairman of the Pickens County (S.C.) Democratic Party. He’s a “progressive” (a word that’s about as meaningless as “conservative”), so naturally his Facebook page is peppered with all sorts of crude, far left photoshop “art” and incendiary statements.

Of course Kiger is a bit more foamy at the mouth than most progressives we know …

For example in response to a recent story in The Washington Post regarding a Navy football player accused of sexual assault, Kiger writes that “we could just shoot the rapist mother fucker in the back of the head, hang him in the public square and burn his dead worthless carcass to a crisp.”

Wow …

In another entry, Kiger offers up his thoughts on lawmakers who support a bill requiring women to document the sexual assault charges they filed in the event they access federal funding for abortion on rape grounds.

Here’s what he had to say …

These goddamn sons-of-bitches have absolutely no soul! Anyone voting for this bill should be executed on the floor of the House. And it should be televised to make sure every other heartless anti-choice, anti-woman misogynistic mother fucker in the House gets the message …

Again, wow …

Anyway, one of Kiger’s favorite causes is subjecting churches to taxation.

“I mean really, does God need a tax shelter?” he writes in one Facebook post.

Hmmmm …

Kiger’s views barely registered in the Palmetto State marketplace of ideas – well, until he posted his “church tax” idea on the Facebook page of U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.).  Now our inbox is blowing up with screen grabs of his inanity (no, we didn’t forget the “s” – it’s a word, look it up).

So we’re addressing it …

In its 1971 Lemon v. Kurtzman ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court noted that the tax exempt status of churches was reinforced by “more than 200 years of virtually universal practice imbedded in our colonial experience and continuing into the present.” That’s great, but we’ve never viewed tradition (a.k.a. “the way it’s always been done”) as a compelling argument either for or against a practice, so we’re gonna need something more than that.

A much better explanation was offered by the court the previous year in its Walz vs. Tax Commission of the City of New York ruling, which argued against taxing churches on the grounds that it violated the constitutionally prescribed separation of these two institutions – infringing upon the free exercise of religion.

A tax exemption, on the other hand, “creates only a minimal and remote involvement between church and state and far less than taxation of churches. (An exemption) restricts the fiscal relationship between church and state, and tends to complement and reinforce the desired separation insulating each from the other.”

Buddhist, Catholic, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, Scientologist … you name it … worship places are sacred.

America’s tax code is already oppressive enough … and oppressively complex enough.  Just like the government it supports.  That code needs to be lowered and flattened, while government needs to be greatly curtailed and restricted.

The very last thing government needs to do is go in search of new targets to fuel its spending addiction …

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