Right-wing pontificator Brenda Kunneman, the wife of conspiracy theorist and pastor Hank Kunneman, falsely proclaimed at an “Opening the Heavens” retreat at their Lord of Hosts Church in Omaha, Nebraska over the weekend that the United States was founded upon “Christian nationalist” and “Judeo-Christian principles” and suggested that religious leaders are under attack for having opinions about politics.
In fact, the Founding Fathers – most of whom were deists that feared a repeat of the religious strife that plagued Europe for centuries – were adamant about maintaining distinct separations of church and state. But that nevertheless means nothing to people like the Kunnemans, who routinely insist that their perverted interpretation of Christian doctrine should be imposed on everybody.
This nation was founded as a Christian nationalist form of government built upon biblical Judeo-Christian principles. Do you know the reason that churches are tax-exempt in this country? Let me help you. They’re tax-exempt because our founders went to the book of Ezra, and when they built the temple – Ezra 7, you can read it – when they built the temple, they came before the government, and it was agreed by the government – the secular government – it was agreed upon that the temple should not be taxed. And our founders said, ‘We’re not going to tax churches, we’re going to allow them to be tax-free.’
People say, ‘Well, you shouldn’t be afraid of the tax-exempt status.’ Most churches couldn’t pay their mortgage if they had to pay a 20 percent corporate tax. Do you know that? There are churches in inner cities, places where they’re feeding poor people, they’re not rolling in money, and if they had to pay and be slapped with a corporate tax, most of them couldn’t survive.
The tax exemption was made by our founders that crafted this nation. It was not until LBJ [President Lyndon Johnson] came along – with an evil agenda – I can say a whole lot about that man, but he was driven by a principality of the powers of wickedness in this generation. Part of the reason we have people in poverty, we have people living on welfare is because of policies that man enacted. It was his agenda to keep people poor and dependent on the government. So the Johnson Amendment came along to say, ‘Well, if they want to keep tax-exempt status, then they’re going to have to keep their voice out of the political sphere. They’re not going to be allowed to put any of their money to endorse anything political. They can say who they personally [as] pastors endorse.’ By the way, they have threatened that Johnson Amendment so poorly, it’s so much, so bad, that it has pushed pastors into a corner that even the Johnson Amendment didn’t even call for because people are terrified that they’ll get an audit by the IRS for daring to touch anything in the pulpit. Now, I’m just going to say, ‘Those days are over. It’s over.’
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Brandon is a political writer for the Hill Reporter specializing in current events, breaking news, and scientific discovery. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. He lives in New York City.