Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Convert a Jew, Get a Tax Break

NOTE: You can earn tax breaks for converting Jews and you can be appallingly ignorant while you're doing it - notice how your "pallet" will be pleased eating their Christo-fascist slop.

Florida, long the batshit capital of the United States, has sunk to a new low.

A Christian theme park (their site, I might add, is a blood-curdling experience) in Orlando was recently granted an exemption from paying back property taxes of $786,000 and annual property taxes of $215,000 by a Florida judge who ruled that The Holy Land Experience theme park exists to "spread what it considers to be God's word."

The operator of the park is a nondemoninational Christian ministry which calls itself Zion's Hope, and their stated mission is to convert Jews to Christianity. They had previously filed for tax-exempt status with the Orange County Property Appraiser's Office and their filing was denied when the Office ruled that the property was not a church but a tourist attraction.

Not to be deterred from their quest of making a buck out of converting Jews to Christianity, Zion's Hope filed an appeal with the circuit court, and as the Associated Press reports they received this favorable ruling from judge Cynthia McKinnon:

In a ruling issued July 5 that Zion's Hope attorneys didn't receive until Monday, Judge Cynthia MacKinnon ruled all of the park was off-limits to taxation -- not just the onsite administrative and education facilities already granted exemption.

"The undisputed evidence before the court is that (Zion's Hope) is using the property to spread what it considers to be God's word to many people at one time. This is in contrast to Disney World's and Anheuser-Busch's use of their properties, Epcot and Sea World, respectively, which is indisputably to make money for the companies."

She also ruled the park's roughly $35 admission cost didn't preclude it being a nonprofit because museums charge admission and at least one other church has for holiday events.

...Zion's Hope, which is devoted to converting Jews to Christianity, opened the park in February 2001. It offers recreations of scenes from ancient Jerusalem and biblical settings complete with costumed characters.

A gift shop sells books and religious-oriented gifts, and the Oasis Cafe sells food, all exempt from the state's 6 percent sales tax.

One has to wonder if, using this ruling as a precedent, you can convert your home into a Christian 'ministry' devoted to ensnaring Jews into your faith and declare that this activity makes you exempt from paying property taxes on your home. Can you refuse to pay sales tax on the food you buy since "massive Goliath burgers" provide the fuel for your Convert-A-Jew zeal? The tax evasion opportunities are endless, even if you don't convert a single Jew - just make that your goal and it's tax break city, baby. Thank our Christian God for these "activist judges" who make Christianity such a profitable (and fun! Rides 'n everything!) enterprise.

It's tragic that the large Jewish population of Florida now has to foot the bill for a missionary group whose sole purpose is to disrespect their faith. In the event Florida Jews get untidy in the face of this outrage, the theme park carries this disclaimer in their site:

"We recognize that people of various faiths and denominations will visit The Holy Land Experience, and we appreciate and encourage the worship of God. However, we reserve the right to remove anyone (or any group of people) from the facilities if their religious activity, in our judgment, causes a disturbance."

Your "democracy" in action.


Blogger Mudpuppy said...

You might enjoy the clip of author Marci Hamilton on Monday's episode of "The Daily Show": (scroll down to click the option to view her video). She's written a book about this very subject called "God vs. the Gavel", and I think I might order it.

1:26 PM  
Blogger -simpchimp said...

I just looked her book up on Amazon and you're right, it looks like a good 'un. I'll have to have a look at the video - it's about time a saner viewpoint begins to make itself heard.

If you're ordering books, I just got Attack Poodles by James Wolcott and it's a dandy - laugh out loud funny.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Flippy said...

It's so nauseauting that I'm at a loss for words. Maybe we can chat with Great America and see if converting people to secular humanism is the way to go for them. What the hell, Disney too. It would save them billions and billions of dollars, promoting their secular humanism.

3:13 PM  

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