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CuzScienceThatsWhy
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utahjoker
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Religious institutions should be taxed like everyone else.

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utahjoker
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 6/19/2013 Category: Economics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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CuzScienceThatsWhy

Pro

Religious institutions essentially evade 71 Billion dollars in tax revenue each year. The congregations of Christian religions tithe so why not pay some of that to the state and federal like everyone else. A church should not be considered special in comparison with other citizens of the United States.
utahjoker

Con

I would like to thank my opponent for a very interesting debate topic.

The reason why religious institutions should not be taxed is because of the first amendment. The first amendment states the following-"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The problem with taxes is that not every religion will be taxed the same. If a religion is taxed less than another than that could be viewed as respecting an religion over another, which is against the first amendment. Also churches use the tithes as ways to build churches, temples, and/or meeting houses to areas that don't have such buildings. With taxes that could be prohibiting someone from worshiping by taking the money that could go toward building a church house and giving it to the government. Also the separation of state and church which means that both are separate and taxes don't follow this rule.

I pass it to my opponent.

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utahjoker

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by donald.keller 3 years ago
donald.keller
They don't Evade anything. All of the Church's money is Donated. You do not tax donations of any form.
Posted by BrandonButterworth 3 years ago
BrandonButterworth
Are we going to tax charitable organizations too? Religious institutions are non-profit.
Posted by CuzScienceThatsWhy 3 years ago
CuzScienceThatsWhy
Churches should be taxed. They essentially evade 71 billion in taxes. That is my opening argument. Had it not been my opening argument, it would not be in the opening argument section. I will consider going to three as it gets closer to closing and I have yet to get an adversary to oppose.
Posted by Noumena 3 years ago
Noumena
Change it to three rounds and I'll take it.
Posted by Ragnar 3 years ago
Ragnar
Probably something to do with double taxation.
Posted by Mrparkers 3 years ago
Mrparkers
Is this your opening argument?
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