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Comment: Re:What? Why discriminate? (Score 1) 700

by multimediavt (#49481573) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

You realize that the tax-exemption does render unto Caesar and God what is theirs, right? The minute that you revoke tax-exempt status for these Churches, they can always start a PAC? They can also start to preach politics from the pulpit. Right now their tax-exempt status is a a balance and check.

Either you live in an alternate reality or you just haven't been paying attention to U.S. politics for the last 50 years or so. Religion has been influencing politics very directly since the Dixiecrat era and the Southern Strategy. Here's a video of a church pastor telling his parishioners how to vote just recently. So, wanna tell me about that "balance and check" again?

Comment: Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 1) 700

by multimediavt (#49481499) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

Who defines what is charitable work? Is saving souls not charitable?

I don't know, can they prove that they were saved? Remember, in the Laws of Man that we all must ALSO FOLLOW, it's not what you believe, it's what you can prove. A charitable organization can point to tangible results of its work and prove it is doing something to help others, a religious one cannot. There's your justification, and the lack thereof.

Comment: Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 1) 700

by multimediavt (#49481455) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status
Again, I wish I had mod points. I say that churches are no longer tax exempt. Nothing says that the church can't own a charitable organization that does real charity and can prove it and that entity be tax exempt. Of course, the law would have to be written to avoid abuse of that caveat and having all church employees work for and all revenue go to the tax exempt entity.

Comment: Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 1) 700

by multimediavt (#49481429) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

From:

The exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3) are charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, and preventing cruelty to children or animals.

I'm really getting tired of shooting down your false assertions, guys. Revoking tax exempt status for churches would only revoke tax exempt status for CHURCHES!!!!

Comment: Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 4, Informative) 700

by multimediavt (#49481421) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

That makes no sense. The 501(c)3 tax code doesn't mention churches or religion at all.

Umm, yes it does:

The exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3) are charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, and preventing cruelty to children or animals.

If only I had mod points...

Comment: Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 1) 700

by multimediavt (#49481411) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

Leaving aside the problems this would likely pose under American law, in the United States it's generally the case that non-profit corporations are not taxed at any level of government.

How does paying taxes keep you or the church from freely exercising a religion? Please use as many big words as you like. I am college educated. Keep in mind that no one is talking about taxing churches differently than any other for-profit organization, and if you think a church is non-profit you've been hitting the sacramental wine a bit too heavily. And you better read this before you say something else that isn't true and parrot the other idiots in this thread.

From:

The exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3) are charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, and preventing cruelty to children or animals.

Comment: Re:Leading question (Score 1) 350

by multimediavt (#48380975) Attached to: Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism
Bennett, please stop trying to do science. You're not good at it. If you don't know what you're doing, and clearly you demonstrated that with the laughable "survey", there are places to get information about conducting proper research studies. They are called "graduate education programs in survey research" for the DIY crowd (here's a good one), and then there are for-hire services that can do them for you. Either way, get some help before you embarrass yourself again.

Comment: Re:An interesting article by Bennett (Score 1) 350

by multimediavt (#48380867) Attached to: Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

OK

People here like to poke fun at the long posts by Bennett Hassleton. This one is actually pretty good.

He saw something, constructed an experiement using readily available resources, got statistically significant results (just about) and made an intereesting post detailing the methodology.

To my mind this is interesting in comparison to more formal academic studies as it shows that you can get reasonable results as a lone wolf with a limited budget and no research institution.

I like this post. Go Bennett.

He posted an ad hoc, anecdotal, unscientific "survey" and generated 101 responses and then claims credibility, and you commend him?!?! You must have been dropped on your head, too, then, yes?

Comment: Re:Can't draw conclusions from this study (Score 1) 350

by multimediavt (#48380777) Attached to: Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism
No, you don't understand how real research and statistics work, try reading these: https://explorable.com/statist... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S... http://stats.stackexchange.com... http://www.sciencebuddies.org/... It's obvious Bennett has no academic credentials beyond a bachelor's degree or maybe even High School Diploma given his drivel above.

Comment: Re:Systemd (Score 1) 993

I agree with the OP, but not with what you said. The Internet has enabled and emboldened those that would be passive agressive under face-to-face circumstances to be much more animalistic and capable of carrying out their threats. Why? Because the consequences for saying such things is minimalized and in a lot of cases supported by other people thinking and saying the same things. The disconnect from any real consequences and the support whackos can find on the Internet, definitely makes it, not the whole human race, the sick place to be. Hell, I like to build things and get information from the Internet, but I wouldn't want to live there! It's a vile nasty place filled with juvenile behavior and sick twisted world views, for the most part. All you have to do is read some comments on news sites and the like some time if you really want to see how scary it is!

Comment: Re:Systemd AND PULSE AUDIO (Score 1) 993

Or, in car analogy terms:

If one guy tailgates you and then passes you on the right, he's an asshole.

If 50 people tailgate you and then pass you on the right, take a goddamn hint.

That's the first car analogy that I've seen actually not be fallacious posted to /. Congrats!

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