Sunday, January 20, 2013

Omaha Archdiocese terrified it may have to pay the same sales tax that all struggling Nebraska families do

Related: Church-led petition to overturn Omaha's LGBT antibias law fails — for now.

When Omaha was debating its new LGBT antibias law, the Catholic Archdiocese spun its opposition as a matter of religious liberty. But after getting those exemptions that it pressured politicians to concede, the church then did an about-face, allowing petitions to revoke the entire law to be foisted on its parishioners from church property. (Those petitions have yet to be presented.)
     Now that Gov. Heineman wants to remove the sales exemptions that it enjoys, the church is using an opposition ploy different from the "religious liberty" ruse. Here's what Deacon Tim McNeil told KETV:
“Anything that might adversely affect a religious organization's ability to meet the needs of people in need, people who are hurting, is disconcerting.”

Above: The fantastically expensive pipe organ of St. Cecilia's, the seat of the Archdiocese of Omaha, one of the few such instruments on the planet which has both meantone and well-tempered pipes.
     Stanford University and a church in Dresden also have such an organ, but, sadly, with a narrower range.
     Without preferential tax treatment, The Church might have to make do with a cheap electronic organ or rude polyester vestments or candles not made of real wax or even those horrible goddamn electric candle lights that flip on when you drop your coin in the box.

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