In all honestly I have a love/hate attitude towards Ventura. He's much better as an ex-governor, and his TruTV show Conspiracy Theories is hackneyed if not interesting. He was pimping the show's second season on Alex Jones' show the other day and he hit on something I've long considered immoral: the fact that churches in Minnesota, and around the country, pay no taxes. They say this has to do with the separation of church and state, but that's not how their exemption was birthed, and this exemption in fact makes them colossal freeloaders. Making them pay taxes like everybody else would not be discriminating against them; it would merely be treating them like every other person and business in the country. In effect, the US federal and state governments have subsidized the pedophilia scandals the churches have been guilty of by allowing them not to have to pay for services they depend upon, like police, fire, snow plowing etc.
This issue has more resonance than ever in Minnesota since the archbishop of the Catholic diocese sent out 400,000 DVDs campaigning against gay marriage during an election season. So the church in effect gets to do its politicking in a tax-exempt way. Nice trick.
His discussion of church's tax-exempt status begins at about four minutes.