When people donate to religious groups, it's tax-deductible. Churches don't pay property taxes on their land or buildings. When they buy stuff, they don't pay sales taxes. When they sell stuff at a profit, they don't pay capital gains tax.
"Liberty is a word hated by kings, loathed by popes. It is a word that shatters thrones and altars, leaves the crown without subjects and the outstretched hand of superstition without alms.Liberty is the blossom and fruit of justice. It is the perfume of mercy.It is the seed and soil, the air and light, the dew and rain of progress, love and joy." Robert Green Ingersoll, "About The Holy Bible," 1894
In the coming year, freethought societies in every city, town and hamlet in the U.S. will invite their local library officials to sponsor a talk about Robert Green Ingersoll.
Here is an example of how the one-hour sessions might be structured, based on the fact that a version of the following presentation (with all necessary materials) will be distributed to freethinkers groups throughout the land by varied secular organizations.
What follows is how my own local library billed the basic speech.
Most people want health, happiness and meaning in life, among many, many other wants. George Bernard Shaw (“Preface to Androcles and the Lion”) observed, “Whether Socrates got as much out of life as John Wesley (founder of Methodism] is an unanswerable question, but a nation of Socrateses would be much safer and happier than a nation of Wesleys.” I think a nation of Ingersolls would be much safer, happier and wiser than a nation of Donald Trumps.
My sweet wife Carol, a big Hillary fan, asked me to explain why white guys as a demographic are so down on Hillary. Hell, I don't know - I like Hillary well enough. I'll cheerfully vote for her, despite having felt the Bern throughout the campaign season.