Absolute Freedom

Jun 16 2013

I’ve long advocated that we should pass the Fair Tax which would eliminate all taxes on income, savings, dividends, capital gains, inheritance, and investments, and replace these penalties on our productivity with a tax on our consumption at the retail level. There’s an important benefit of the Fair Tax that we should especially embrace—it eliminates the IRS. In light of the illegal and unethical activities of the IRS in relationship to conservative, pro-life, and pro-Israel groups and their reckless disregard of the taxes they take from us by spending $50 million on their fun little outings involving luxury hotels, line dancing classes, and swag bags, maybe the public is ready to end the legalized theft of our finances and our freedom. Another benefit of getting rid of the IRS is stopping the government threat of “losing tax exempt status” to shut down the voices of churches. Now, think carefully about this—and I doubt everyone will agree with me. Maybe it’s time that churches quit caring about their tax exempt status and care more about being unfettered to speak with absolute freedom and clarity on the moral issues of the day. I brought this issue up last week when I spoke to the Pastors at the Southern Baptist Convention in Houston. I know that I’ve never given a dime of my tithe to my church for the tax consequences. For Christians, giving is not about getting the government’s blessing, but God’s. If someone gives money to God solely for the tax benefits, they should keep their money—they need it far worse than God. The empty threat that has caused many a pastor or church to water down their message in confronting the culture because of fear of reprisals from the IRS would end immediately. It is not the place of any agency of the government to evaluate the content of a pastor’s sermon and determine if it’s acceptable to the government. Even if the Fair Tax isn’t passed immediately, why not end federal government subsidies to all entities and organizations--religious or not—and let freedom ring. If you believe in something, be it political, spiritual, or economic—then pay for it. Leave the government out of it. For those who fear that churches would pay huge taxes, fear not. Churches use their funds for missions, staff, their facilities and ministries. There is little if anything left over for most congregations. It would of course mean that contributions wouldn’t be deductible, but there’s already a limit on how much one can deduct, so the benefit isn’t that big. As Daniel rejected the King’s food, so maybe people of faith ought to reject the Government’s goodies, but in exchange gain absolute freedom. And instead of worrying about whether our message will be threatened with government penalty, we would just tell the government to put it where the sun don’t shine. What we say and do in our churches should be driven by our faith, not by government limits on our freedom.

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  • Crystal Artis

    07/11/2013 02:27 AM

    Mr Huckabee this is so insightful and I love that someone is finally speaking up about it! When the church places more importance on money than they do preaching the straight Godly truth about anything and everything then they need to just stop preaching altogether because trust me if they are preaching the full truth God will bless them and he will provide the money they need to keep doing his work. That's called faith and preachers are selling God short when they trust more in the corrupt government than they do God. Shame on them. They should be leading by example! They are telling the congregation that to trust and rely on government is better than to have faith in God to meet your needs. It makes my heart sad to see such things in what is suppose to be God's house. I have so much respect for you Mr Huckabee for taking a stand. May God bless and keep you.

    Crystal Artis
    Velma, Oklahoma

  • Rob Roten

    06/20/2013 06:44 PM

    Mike, I agree with you completely that churches need to consider renouncing their tax exempt status. I've been saying this for a few years now specifically as it may impact the gay marriage issue. Once gay marriage is accepted in the courts, it is only a matter of time until churches are threatened with loss of their tax exempt status unless they perform marriages for all. Which leads me to a related but, in my opinion, far more important issue. Why do pastors continue to sign the marriage license? Once they are declared husband and wife in the eyes of God, the pastor's job is done. The act of signing a marriage license to "make it official" is borderline blasphemous. If the newlyweds want to "make it official", tell them to take a trip by the probate office, the job of the church has been done.

    "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's."

  • Jerry Hinton

    06/18/2013 01:55 PM

    The best thing about the fair tax is that all hidden taxes will be eliminated. Currently, when you spend a dollar at any store, there is 40-60% of that cost in taxes. The consumer pays all of the taxes of everyone that touches a product along the way--payroll taxes, property tax, etc. That is why corporations and rich folks don't complain about higher income taxes, they just pass it along and since it effects all, all prices rise.

  • Jim Howell

    06/17/2013 11:54 AM

    Fair tax sounds "fair", however, would you explain sometime how someone like us, on very limited income, over 65 could survive if there is a 20%(?) consumption tax. We can't have food and Rx if we lose 20% or even 10% of present income. It will be one or the other for us.

  • Joy Bramlett

    06/16/2013 11:43 PM

    Mike, I appreciate your service on FoxNews and I have a problems with your idea of a "fair tax" or "consumption" and to end ALL subsidies especially for our seniors. We have to live in the housing subsidies & without that, we would all be homeless. Why is it that those of us that ARE NOT able to have a pension or money enough to live a nice life & I'm not talking about luxury, ya know. All I have is my meager social security for income. I didn't have the wherewithal to save or invest for retirement. I am a single mother that had to work 12 hrs a day & sometimes a part-time job to be able to have my son shelter, food, clothing, education & medical debts.I didn't have jobs that offered medical insurance for very long & my husband was a drunk, left us with all the bills due. My church family helped with the bills & some food & then we had to move in with family. Thankfully, my son has a job with the school district now & he helps me as much as he can. But I have to be on social security, medicare/medicaid & a meager amount of food stamps. With the price of food, clothing, medicine, rent, transportation (I have a 11 year old car), high gas prices, I could not manage the necessities to live on. There are so many things that food stamps don't cover, such as toilet tissue, dish soap, laundry soap, gas, shampoo, bath soap. I think you get the gist of what I'm saying & I just can't wrap my head around what a "fair tax or "comsumption tax" for everyone. What is fair about that? I'm not whining, angry, pushy, or a "taker." I've worked from the time I was 15 yrs old until I had to leave my job due to breast cancer two separate times. I'm barely making it now. I know that the cola increase is about to be abolished, so what am I to do? I'm 70 yrs old now & not in good health. I love your show & respect your patriotism & your love for God. Thank you & may you live a great & wonderful life with your wife & son. God bless you, Mike. BTW, my only child's name is Michael.


    Joy Bramlett

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