Part of my problem with the law is it interferes with a religion. Do you think governmental officials would resist the lure of being able to closely examine church financial records and not find ways to apply pressure on the organizations?
If the government can distact to a religion how it manages it business, in intimatye detail, then where is the seperation of state and church?
Governments already do to an extent. They prohibit church organizations from donating to political causes or openly endorsing candidates, not that this stops those groups from doing so.
Government officials can already examine church records, churches are a business in the United States, they are regulated as per a business with some exemptions. One of those being no need to make their financial records a matter of public record. Personally, I think that ALL non-profit groups should have to make their records public, whether religious in nature or not. If the church is dedicated to matters spiritual, why are they so worried about showing their matters financial?
Also, if the lay people could examine the books, they might get answers as to why it seems every church in teh area, every diocese is crying for money money money. If you're donating you should be allowed to see how it's spent. Maybe you didn't want to put tat five dollars in and find out its going for new tires on PopeForce One instead of to your community.
What I'm saying is there should not be an exemption in the reporting standards for religious groups. They should be held to the SAME standard as all other non-profits.
As to the Connecticut Bill, I still support it. Of course I'd also support a bill that uses the right of eminent domain to seize all churches and their property and build low income housing in their place. But that's why I'll never be president.