The nice thing about writing a piece that in any way threatens the extraordinary amount of privilege and deference religious groups have come to expect in America is that you will get a lot of angry tweets and a few rambling emails, the kind that make you have new respect for the grammar of jailhouse lawyers who write to you in longhand. You also get a lot of talk-radio invitations. Here is such a piece, from Time.com, “Now’s the Time to End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions.”
Of course, as careful readers (or just readers) will see, I am not talking about religious institutions so much as nonprofits more generally, from Planned Parenthood to the National Rifle Association, from the Masons and Elks to the Society for Preservation of the Moose (okay, I made that one up).
The picture above, by the way, has nothing to do with anything. It’s just my daughter Ellie playing piano.