Religious Ripoff of the Public

Christian leaders often complain of persecution. John Allen Jr., the editor of CRUX, who has covered the Church for many years, repeatedly complains of a global war against Christianity. But no one provides evidence.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has filed a suit against Morris County, NJ for illegally funding church repairs (here) -- 40% of its Historic Preservation Trust Fund has been spent on churches. Not only does this violate the federal constitution, the N.J. State Constitution specifically prohibits such payments: "No person shall . . . be obliged to pay tithes, taxes, or other rates for building or repairing any church or churches, place or places of worship, or for the maintenance of any minister or ministry, contrary to what he believes to be right or has deliberately and voluntarily engaged to perform."

Morris County is less pious than most parts of the United States. Many residents commute to New York City, and its culture is nothing like that of the Bible Belt or Utah. If the people of Morris County knew how this money was being spent, they would almost certainly oppose it. But few are informed. If Christianity is dipping into taxpayer funds in Morris County, it’s a good bet they are feeding at the trough in many other places.

While these pious miscreants distract your attention with cries of persecution, they are picking your pocket.