Sorry, Silas. To riff further on "The Big Lebowski," anarchism and nihilism are not the same thing (yet even the nihilists chose to belong to a group)..."A 5-year-old, nontheistic religion founded in New Hampshire – unusually characterized by its reverence for sword fighting and its meeting place, a Concord bar – argued its case for a property tax exemption before the state’s Supreme Court on Thursday.
The leaders of the Church of the Sword said they were treated unfairly when a Westmoreland home owned by the church and occupied by a pastor was denied tax-exempt status last year. They said it should qualify as a 'parsonage' under state law.
In March, their appeal to the Cheshire County Superior Court was dismissed. The court issued an opinion stating the Church of the Sword 'is neither religious nor a church,' but rather it 'is clearly a social organization that uses religious vocabulary to describe its practices' and that its doctrines 'are far more related to politics and self-improvement than to religion.'
By taking the case to the Supreme Court, the libertarian activists and Free State Project members who comprise church leadership brought themselves to the fore of a trend in the state. At least three newly created churches with Free State Project ties have sought tax exemption in varied court cases in 2014 and 2015. ..."
- Liberty activists in high court cases say their newly created religions afford them tax exemptions | Concord Monitor
- Editorial: Tax-free status should be hard-won | Concord Monitor
- Does a Religion Need to Worship a Supreme Being? New Hampshire Supreme Court Considers the Question - Hit & Run : Reason.com
- Church of the Sword Goes to NH Supreme Court | Free State Project
- Sword-fighting libertarian church appears before Supreme Court for tax exemption case | Concord Monitor