Protestants: Rendering Unto Caesar

More than ever, the little church around the corner is not just a house of worship: besides a manse, it may have a parish hall, a two-acre parking lot, a parochial school, and a few prudent investments in apartment buildings and acreage near by. In general, churches proper enjoy tax exemption on some or all of their holdings, but budget-strapped mayors and state legislatures are eyeing the things that are God's as a source of needed revenue. In Minneapolis, for example, the city assessor is trying to get $1,120 in back taxes...

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