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Chambers: Tax Nebraska Churches

 
Chambers: Tax Nebraska Churches

(AP) _

A Nebraska senator who once sued God is joining this year's tax-reform debate with an idea of his own: a tax on church property.

The Legislature's Revenue Committee will review a bill Friday that would eliminate a state property-tax exemption for religious organizations.

Senator Ernie Chambers will argue that his bill carries out what Jesus urged his followers to do. Chambers says Jesus encouraged his followers to ``Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's,'' when asked whether taxes should be paid.

Chambers, an atheist, famously sued in God in 2007 to make the point that anybody can file a lawsuit against anybody. The measure is unlikely to advance out of committee. But Chambers says he may attach it as an amendment to other bills he opposes.

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