Americans are extremely lucky to live in a nation with such concrete laws regarding the freedom of religion, yet there are a few points that need clarifying.
Religious freedom was one of the tenets of the first settlers in what would become America, and those values were intrinsic to the founding of our nation in our rebellion against the tyrannical British Empire. Our Bill of Rights forbids anyone from taking these liberties away from us, yet there are plenty of situations in which our faith is tested by political chicanery.
There are fights raging every day in America over how to reconcile faith with the practices of abortion and birth control, and where our government should, (or shouldn’t), be involved. Furthermore, small businesses are being targeted by liberal lunatics over their freedoms as well in choosing to whom they’ll render services, often based on their religious beliefs.
But, for the most part and in general, Americans can be thankful for their religious liberties.
This includes the “religion” of Scientology; a bizarre, cult-like group that has entrenched themselves in the lore of science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard as an inspiration. Like all other religions in America, the Church of Scientology is a tax exempt organization…something that many have been hoping to change.
Now, after a television documentary series has exposed a number of abuses within the organization, President Trump may secretly be plotting to disallow the church to maintain this financial advantage.
“According to administration official Lynne Patton, President Trump believes the tax exempt status of the Church of Scientology should be revoked.
“In a report that’s part attempted hit-piece on the Trump administration and part exposé on the sketchy tax dealings of Hollywood’s most influential cult, the Huffington Post details a back and forth between Patton, a ‘loyal family aide’ and Department of Housing and Urban Development official, and ‘King of Queens’ star Leah Remini, a former Scientologist who wants to see the infamously secretive organization brought to justice.
“HuffPost reports that Patton first reached out to Remini, with the actress responding, ‘Hi Lynne would love any help you can give.’
“‘From The moment I saw your series I told President Trump & his family we needed to revoke their tax exempt status. They couldn’t agree more, but please don’t publicize that yet,’ wrote Patton. ‘I want to do more due diligence on what the IRS has attempted in the past (or maybe you can enlighten me), then I’ll identify who we need to connect with again.'”
This could be an enormous blow to the Church of Scientology, whose congregation is shockingly filled with a number of high profile celebrities, including Tom Cruise.
The Church itself is known for its acute and aggressive legal team, who have brought lawsuits against a number of defamers in the past, including one that sought to stop Comedy Central from airing a specific episode of hit cartoon “South Park” after the satiric comedy show explained the actual beliefs of Scientologists to their audience.