tiggerfink - 11/28/2004 2:23 PM
Wife and I was looking at several gyms to join and was amazed on what churches offer. Several churches have bowling allies, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, and etc.
To me it is not fair for the local businesses to compete with churches because the churches are tax exempt.
All posts were interesting, but I thought tiggerfink's initial was really a nailer!
Should chuches provide cheap (free?) services like bowling, tennis, and swimming under the disguise of such activities deemed as being helpfull on a spiritual level, as in good for your soul and of redeeming value?
Assuming that bowling plays an important part in your salvation/redemption (although, according to rumors, Christ's sacrifice was necessary and sufficient), bowling alleys should change status, affiliate with First Baptist of Centerville or Second LDS of NoWhereNearHere, and re-incorporate as church like tax-exempt entities.
Short of this happening, the local alleys are at an unfair competitive disadvantage, and the US governement is losing revenue from all good church going people who bowl in the sanctuary (tax-exempt BUSINESS) instead of patronizing the bowling alley (fully taxable).
This is, in turn, probably why we have to pay more taxes, all that lost revenue...