This is a guest post by Stef McGraw. Stef is a Junior at the University of Northern Iowa, and is a member of the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers (UNIFI) .
For those of you who haven’t been following the story of the billboard on a Columbus church’s property, here’s some background: The Freedom From Religion Foundation placed an ad in Columbus, Ohio that simply depicted someone’s smiling face with the phrase, “I can be good without God.” It happened to be placed on property that was owned by a church, which the pastor did not like and subsequently demanded that the billboard be removed. It was, but not without the FFRF fighting for the church to have to pay taxes on land off of which it is profiting.
Here’s the update: the county sided with the FFRF and is now requiring that the church pay taxes on its land which houses a billboard.
Bravo to the FFRF for enforcing the fact that even though a church in itself is tax-exempt, that doesn’t mean it can do whatever it wants and still maintain that status.