Atheists sue over use of tax dollars relating to KC Baptist convention

Jul 31, 2016

By Lynn Horsley

A group of atheists is suing Kansas City officials over the planned use of $65,000 in tourism tax dollars for services related to a Baptist convention coming to Kansas City in September.

American Atheists Inc. and two members who live in Kansas City filed their lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City. They are suing Mayor Sly James and the City Council, City Manager Troy Schulte and municipal government.

At issue is the City Council’s approval in April of $65,000 from the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund to Modest Miles Ministries Inc. for the National Baptist Convention USA Inc., which meets Sept. 5-9 in Kansas City .


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6 comments on “Atheists sue over use of tax dollars relating to KC Baptist convention

  • More twists than a pretzel –

    K.C. desperately needs tourism cash, which Baptist conventions provide. Interestingly, Pastor Miles was/is(?) a KCPD chaplain ( http://kcmo.gov/police/chaplains/ ), yet the ministry itself does secular work (feeding homeless) which is acknowledged by the state of Missouri. But, taxpayer money should not be used in any way to help fund the ministry in conjunction with an overtly religious event, even if it’s used for “secular” transportation.

    Solution: in lieu of the city digging into public coffers, have private individual(s) cough up the dough.



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  • I shudder to relate this but recently, I was talking to a good friend (math teacher), who is very active in his church (Episcopalian). We were engaged in a week long discussion about his desire to perhaps work towards being ordained. Aside from the inherent “huh?” when religious folks seeks counsel from an atheist (but I am sure it occurs more than one would think), he mentioned a plan that his pastor and other higher ups were rolling around….
    Churches are looking to “pay taxes”, but to have their “taxes” go into a specialized fund that they (and only they) can collectively add to and draw from for exactly these types of causes. They think of it as “fucking the secular”.



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  • crookedshoes #2
    Jul 31, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Churches are looking to “pay taxes”, but to have their “taxes” go into a specialized fund that they (and only they) can collectively add to and draw from for exactly these types of causes. They think of it as “fucking the secular”.

    Americans seem obsessed with decisions on tax money – especially when it comes to public services for citizens or the work-force!

    As a UK citizen living in England, I pay US tax on my US investments, and have absolutely no say in who spends it or how the money is spent!



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