Arizona Bill Exempting Churches from Paying Property Taxes on Buildings They Rent Awaits the Governor’s Signature

Earlier this year, Arizona legislators introduced a bill that would allow churches to claim a property tax exemption on buildings they rent rather than just own. A similar bill was vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer last year, but there’s no telling if the same thing will happen under new Governor Doug Ducey.

House Bill 2128, which was passed by the House in February and passed by the Senate this week, already exempts property “owned by an educational, religious or charitable organization… from taxation.”

However, if a church rents space from, say, a public school, they can now claim an exemption on it, too. That rule would not apply to secular non-profit groups that rent the same space.



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Kansas Senate Passes Bill That Would Allow Campus Christian Groups to Discriminate Against LGBT Students

It’s tough to be a Christian group on college campuses these days. I mean, everyone expects you to play by the rules, even though we all know Christians deserve special rights that allow them to discriminate against LGBT students and their allies.

We saw this at Bowdoin College in Maine last year, when leaders of the Bowdoin Christian Fellowship were about to lose their designation as an official campus group (with all the privileges that come with it) because they really really really wanted to make sure nobody who supported LGBT-rights had the opportunity to become a leader of their group. School administrators, on the other hand, refused to allow official campus groups to discriminate for any reason.

Yesterday, the Kansas Senate passed a bill (SB 175) that would force public universities to allow religious groups to discriminate in their leadership. So if the Fred Phelps Fan Club says God told them LGBT students aren’t worthy of holding office, fine. If a Southern Baptist club believes women are subservient to men and can’t run for any leadership positions, that’s okay. If your religion makes you racist, there’s nothing the school can do about a faith-based club promoting that view.

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Todd Starnes is Mad That a Student Said “One Nation Under Allah” During the Pledge… Even Though It Never Happened

I posted earlier today about the New York school where the Pledge of Allegiance was said in Arabic, leading to a lot of backlash from True Americans™.

Now, Todd Starnes, the Fox News commentator who makes up his own “facts” because he knows his audience is too gullible to correct him, has written a column that has little basis in the truth. Just look at this passage:

“One nation under Allah,” the student body president announced over the intercom system on Wednesday.

I spot three mistakes in that sentence alone:

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Attention U.S. Christians: You Have One Year To Leave the Country

End Times radio host Rick Wiles, who last year told his listeners that ebola might just cure America’s atheism problem, has determined that it’s now too late. Things are simply futile if you’re a U.S. Christian. Not even ebola can fix it. All that Christians can do at this terrible time in history is to “flee America” — but luckily it’s a slowly-unfolding emergency, so Jesus followers still have a year to “get out.”

You can probably guess who’s to blame.

Wiles warned that the [President Obama] is “a man of destruction, darkness and evil” and will “destroy this nation too.”



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President Ronald Reagan’s Son Complains After His Brother Says He’s “Not Afraid of Burning in Hell” in TV Ad

It’s not a secret that President Ronald Reagan‘s son, Ron Reagan, is a vocal atheist.

In November of 2013, he taped a radio ad in which he proclaimed his godlessness and advocated for the Freedom From Religion Foundation:



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