Divide and conquer: Do OWS and the Greens really want to pit the churches against food stamp recipients?
Occupy Wall Street is circulating an infographic that pits churches against food stamp recipients. And people who should know better are promoting it:
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— The Punk Patriot (@PunkPatriot) May 20, 2014
This is what lambert calls strategic hate management. If churches did not have exemption from property taxes they would disappear. The first amendment would lose its meaning if religious observance were made too expensive to be practical.
The reason we do not have a meaningful social welfare system is not that churches are exempt from property taxes, the reason we do not have a meaningful social welfare system is that the uber rich don't want one and been very successful at derailing any attempt to build one. Any political coalition to build a meaningful social welfare system will have to include millions of religious voters, which is why infographics such as that are created, to derail any such coaltion. Anyone who fails to understand that is unclear on the concept of solidarity.