by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
If utopian tyrants whose vision for the world encompasses only theirs are continued to be allowed, like locusts, to devour every institution in their path, there won’t be even one left to provide an alternative worldview to anyone enlightened enough to seek it.
Recently, at a weekly neighborhood Bible study, I was surprised to hear a friend describe a letter sent to a church that hosts a Christ-centered program she uses to homeschool her kids called “Classical Conversations” (CC). The unsigned letter threatened the church with loss of their non-profit status for hosting a for-profit company. When the woman, a CC leader, informed her leadership of the letter, she found versions were being circulated to churches hosting CC groups across the nation.
Although her CC host church wasn’t concerned about the letter, two other local churches had closed their doors to CC groups after receiving the same letter, one immediately before the start of the school year and one at midyear.
Atheist and LGBT groups threatening churches through the Internal Revenue Service for preaching the gospel is nothing new. Yet Christians threatening a church’s tax-exempt status for hosting a Christian homeschool organization is entirely new.