Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company in New York.
Europeans, having dumped God and religion in favor of socialism, now look to tax religion in order to save them from the ravages of their chosen idolatry.
European countries, desperate over failing economies and mountains of socialistic debt are now targeting Church property, long exempt from taxation, as a potential source of revenue.
Alcala de Henares, Spain — Cash-strapped officials in Europe are looking for a way to ease their financial burden by upending centuries of tradition and seeking to tap one of the last untouched sources of wealth: the Catholic Church.
Thousands of public officials who have seen the financial crisis hit their budgets are chipping away at the various tax breaks and privileges the church has enjoyed for centuries.
Political groups have seized on the crisis as an opportunity to open up a larger debate about whether it is time to unwind some of the deals struck generations ago between church and state in predominantly Catholic countries in Europe.
And when their socialist gods have taxed the Catholic Church to death, what then? Who is next?
While it may be tempting to just shake your head at the foolishness of the Eurpoeans, just keep in mind that this will happen here too if things continue the way they are.
Remember, in the minds of our secular elites, only after a really foolish idea has devastated Europe does it have the pedigree to be offered as a solution to America's problems.
Mark my words, in the near future some secular liberal politician in a safe district will propose something like this in the U.S. as a trial balloon .There will be initial outrage and the proposal will be immediately withdrawn. And then some other city or state will try the same thing and it will likely fail. But then the idea will be out there and will begin to seem to some reasonable and eventually inevitable. And then they will do it for real.
When they come for the Church here it will not initially be with bullets, but with trial balloons.