If the church wants to play politics, it should give up its tax-exempt status

While not a member of the flock, I think some of the Catholic Church's recent actions in the political arena might hold good news for the rest of us.

In Maryland, for example, the church has announced plans to help overturn the gay marriage law, as well as to ensure that Catholic organizations don't have to provide birth control.

Having so obviously violated the separation of church and state, the church should also be forfeiting its tax-exempt status.

As a Baltimore taxpayer, I pay the highest property taxes in the state. But Catholic organizations and their vast property holdings get a free ride on the backs of hard-working citizens like me.

So I'm glad to see the church stepping out so boldly into the political arena. Because by all rights, they should now also be stepping up to the tax collector's window, too.

David Johnson

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