Government uses taxes to bribe churches to preach an environmentalist message.
One of the big mistakes people make when it comes to taxes is assuming that the main reason for them is to collect revenue. Our government wants to collect revenue, but that isn’t nearly as high a priority as many people think. The government has many ways of collecting revenue, and can also use credit through its central bank, the Federal Reserve.
So it probably doesn’t absolutely need any one revenue source as much as we tend to think.
But there are other “needs” of the state besides revenue. State agents show themselves insatiable for control over people’s lives. The power to tax is the power to destroy. Thus, it is the power to threaten or bribe people to do what you want them to do.
A couple of years ago Maryland began taxing properties for the rainwater that would run off their property. This included the property of churches, but not government property. The government property was exempt.
But at least one county government in Maryland considers the revenue collected from churches to be of secondary interest. It would rather control them. The Daily Caller reports,
Though the O’Malley administration calls it a “fee,” it is commonly called the “rain tax” throughout the state. It is wildly unpopular and the promise to fight to repeal the tax was a large factor in Maryland electing Republican Larry Hogan governor this month.
Now Prince George’s Country is offering a way for churches to avoid paying the tax, which is estimated to be an average of $744 per year for them — preach “green” to their parishioners.
So far 30 pastors have agreed to begin “‘green’ ministries to maintain the improvements at their churches, and to preach environmentally focused sermons to educate their congregations” to avoid being hit with the tax, The Washington Post reports.
Prince George’s County’s Department of Environment director Adam Ortiz told WBAL Radio churches “don’t have to preach, per se,” that they could avoid the tax if they “provide educational programs to teach them (parishioners) about how to be more sustainable. And to help them engage in grant programs and other way that they can control the runoff from their property.”
So this punishing tax isn’t needed for the revenue. It is needed for the sake of leverage to get control over the messages of churches.