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Should churches be taxed

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 9/17/2013 Category: Religion
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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lordandrew

Pro

By providing a financial benefit to religious institutions, government is supporting religion. By providing a financial benefit to religious institutions, government is supporting religion Churches serve a religious purpose that does not aid the government, so their tax exemptions are not justified
StarTrek

Con

Good evening. I hope that all of you will enjoy my argument as I try to keep it strictly unbiased and informative.

Religious organizations do just as much good as non-profit charities and quite a bit more good than many labor unions and all political organizations. They provide the poor a place to stay and provide them food. You would have to remove tax exempt status from charities, private foundations, and political foundations aswell.

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http://tinyurl.com... (irs.gov page)
Debate Round No. 1
lordandrew

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StarTrek

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lordandrew

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StarTrek

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So I guess I win?
Debate Round No. 4
lordandrew

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by StarTrek 3 years ago
StarTrek
We do not tax charities, why should we tax churches. Churches do a lot of charity work. How are they businesses? That makes no sense. I see no proof that churches lie about doing charity work. Just because most Atheists don't do charitable work does not mean that Christians don't.
Posted by Sagey 3 years ago
Sagey
Of course they should be taxed, they after all a business with the primary objective of many, especially the likes of Scientology, to make huge profits, with tax breaks for proven as valuable charity work.
This would make them more eager to do charity.
Many Churches only pretend to be charitable, so such a system will indeed provide proof of where their main objectives lie.
Those that haven't verified that they have been charitable, will pay higher taxes.
It's the only sensible approach.
Posted by StarTrek 3 years ago
StarTrek
Still waiting for the argument for round #2.
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