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  • Churches should pay taxes

    I think that churches should pay taxes because we would have to pay less, the government would make more money and it can be used to help people who need financial help. People can support themselves. Some churches make so much money already and are buying things that they don't really need. And its not fair to the rest of us who have to pay taxes

  • YES they should

    Not only by supporting the fact that churches should be tax exempt you also support Muslim, Hindu, and even atheist churches being tax exempt. When the founding fathers established this country and the fact that churches should be tax exempt, it also meant that the church and government agreed on all things. Since the passing of gay marriage the church and government do not agree therefore they should not be tax exempt.

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  • Big land, big buildings, big money... No taxes?!?!?!?!?!

    There are a ridiculous amount of churches hording massive acreages of land and building monumental buildings. People argue that churches are not for profit but that's hogwash. For hundreds of years we've seen the church take money and use it to build bigger and bigger, priest and pastors living in small mansions, and millions being used to lobby politicians. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, for churches to avoid being taxed they should have to give at least 90% of "their" money to charity, which any logical person knows they wont do because they would save more paying taxes which is what churches are about...Money and power. Anyone can start a bogus religion to avoid taxes and that is wrong. In my small town alone there are about 10 christian churches, and they all keep building and expanding, never do you hear about them giving large amounts of money away because the pastor is using that to build the church and his house BIGGER and BIGGER. Churches are the source of selfishness and greed, we have over 1000 years of history to prove it. I read the points of the side that says churches shouldnt be taxed and laugh at the very weak points they make and wonder how it can still be this way...

  • Big land, big buildings, big money... No taxes?!?!?!?!?!

    There are a ridiculous amount of churches hording massive acreages of land and building monumental buildings. People argue that churches are not for profit but that's hogwash. For hundreds of years we've seen the church take money and use it to build bigger and bigger, priest and pastors living in small mansions, and millions being used to lobby politicians. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, for churches to avoid being taxed they should have to give at least 90% of "their" money to charity, which any logical person knows they wont do because they would save more paying taxes which is what churches are about...Money and power. Anyone can start a bogus religion to avoid taxes and that is wrong. In my small town alone there are about 10 christian churches, and they all keep building and expanding, never do you hear about them giving large amounts of money away because the pastor is using that to build the church and his house BIGGER and BIGGER. Churches are the source of selfishness and greed, we have over 1000 years of history to prove it. I read the points of the side that says churches shouldnt be taxed and laugh at the very weak points they make and wonder how it can still be this way...

  • Big land, big buildings, big money... No taxes?!?!?!?!?!

    There are a ridiculous amount of churches hording massive acreages of land and building monumental buildings. People argue that churches are not for profit but that's hogwash. For hundreds of years we've seen the church take money and use it to build bigger and bigger, priest and pastors living in small mansions, and millions being used to lobby politicians. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, for churches to avoid being taxed they should have to give at least 90% of "their" money to charity, which any logical person knows they wont do because they would save more paying taxes which is what churches are about...Money and power. Anyone can start a bogus religion to avoid taxes and that is wrong. In my small town alone there are about 10 christian churches, and they all keep building and expanding, never do you hear about them giving large amounts of money away because the pastor is using that to build the church and his house BIGGER and BIGGER. Churches are the source of selfishness and greed, we have over 1000 years of history to prove it. I read the points of the side that says churches shouldnt be taxed and laugh at the very weak points they make and wonder how it can still be this way...

  • Big land, big buildings, big money... No taxes?!?!?!?!?!

    There are a ridiculous amount of churches hording massive acreages of land and building monumental buildings. People argue that churches are not for profit but that's hogwash. For hundreds of years we've seen the church take money and use it to build bigger and bigger, priest and pastors living in small mansions, and millions being used to lobby politicians. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, for churches to avoid being taxed they should have to give at least 90% of "their" money to charity, which any logical person knows they wont do because they would save more paying taxes which is what churches are about...Money and power. Anyone can start a bogus religion to avoid taxes and that is wrong. In my small town alone there are about 10 christian churches, and they all keep building and expanding, never do you hear about them giving large amounts of money away because the pastor is using that to build the church and his house BIGGER and BIGGER. Churches are the source of selfishness and greed, we have over 1000 years of history to prove it. I read the points of the side that says churches shouldnt be taxed and laugh at the very weak points they make and wonder how it can still be this way...

  • Big land, big buildings, big money... No taxes?!?!?!?!?!

    There are a ridiculous amount of churches hording massive acreages of land and building monumental buildings. People argue that churches are not for profit but that's hogwash. For hundreds of years we've seen the church take money and use it to build bigger and bigger, priest and pastors living in small mansions, and millions being used to lobby politicians. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, for churches to avoid being taxed they should have to give at least 90% of "their" money to charity, which any logical person knows they wont do because they would save more paying taxes which is what churches are about...Money and power. Anyone can start a bogus religion to avoid taxes and that is wrong. In my small town alone there are about 10 christian churches, and they all keep building and expanding, never do you hear about them giving large amounts of money away because the pastor is using that to build the church and his house BIGGER and BIGGER. Churches are the source of selfishness and greed, we have over 1000 years of history to prove it. I read the points of the side that says churches shouldnt be taxed and laugh at the very weak points they make and wonder how it can still be this way...

  • Big land, big buildings, big money... No taxes?!?!?!?!?!

    There are a ridiculous amount of churches hording massive acreages of land and building monumental buildings. People argue that churches are not for profit but that's hogwash. For hundreds of years we've seen the church take money and use it to build bigger and bigger, priest and pastors living in small mansions, and millions being used to lobby politicians. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, for churches to avoid being taxed they should have to give at least 90% of "their" money to charity, which any logical person knows they wont do because they would save more paying taxes which is what churches are about...Money and power. Anyone can start a bogus religion to avoid taxes and that is wrong. In my small town alone there are about 10 christian churches, and they all keep building and expanding, never do you hear about them giving large amounts of money away because the pastor is using that to build the church and his house BIGGER and BIGGER. Churches are the source of selfishness and greed, we have over 1000 years of history to prove it. I read the points of the side that says churches shouldnt be taxed and laugh at the very weak points they make and wonder how it can still be this way...

  • Big land, big buildings, big money... No taxes?!?!?!?!?!

    There are a ridiculous amount of churches hording massive acreages of land and building monumental buildings. People argue that churches are not for profit but that's hogwash. For hundreds of years we've seen the church take money and use it to build bigger and bigger, priest and pastors living in small mansions, and millions being used to lobby politicians. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, for churches to avoid being taxed they should have to give at least 90% of "their" money to charity, which any logical person knows they wont do because they would save more paying taxes which is what churches are about...Money and power. Anyone can start a bogus religion to avoid taxes and that is wrong. In my small town alone there are about 10 christian churches, and they all keep building and expanding, never do you hear about them giving large amounts of money away because the pastor is using that to build the church and his house BIGGER and BIGGER. Churches are the source of selfishness and greed, we have over 1000 years of history to prove it. I read the points of the side that says churches shouldnt be taxed and laugh at the very weak points they make and wonder how it can still be this way...

  • Church should not pay taxes

    Church should not pay taxes because they give more than half of their money to charity. What we pay lets the Church pay to the ones who need it. How can the Church pay more if we don't? We are a church, we cannot just let the church give more money when they already do.

  • Congress will make no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

    The constitutional system we have in place explicitly allows recognized religions to have no tax burden. In addition, forcing religious institutions to file and pay taxes would be forcing them to insert themselves in tax code and regulatory law that they are largely free of. This would also undermine tax policies which protect non-profits and charities. Effectively it would force all religious institutions to become financial and political entities further than what they already are.

  • Don't be confused by the few churches...

    That have political agendas. The vast majority of local churches are not politically involved. First, to tax churches would be in effect double taxation. Churches mainly rely on member patronage for income. Church members are already taxes on their income, they use this income to support their church will no possibility for monetary gain for themselves. To tax this money that the church has would be double taxation.
    Secondly, there is no constitutional way to tax churches without taxing all non-profits. To single out churches and only tax them would NEVER make it past the SCOTUS, no matter what your personal view is.
    Finally, to tax churches is to place government above religion... There is a longstanding tradition to specifically not do that! It won't change...

  • No they shouldn't

    Churches are holy places visited by more than one billion people. You might want to read the Constitution. There's a little thing in there about separation of Church and State. And Churches give a LOT of money to charities. They do a much better job of helping people than the government ever could. The Government doesn't need to get involved. They'd just screw it up. Like they do everything else.

  • Churches should pay

    It would give thE government more money To help the financially depressed. It would also give the government more opportunities to help out those people who need health benefits particularly the aboriginals. It would also help the government to put aboriginals who are having financial , economic,health and school troubles

  • Churches shouldn't pay taxes for the following reasons:

    There are numerous reasons why churches in America should not be taxed. Taxing churches would mean that we would have to tax all non-profit organizations, because that’s what a church is, and this would mean an end to numerous charities. Taxing churches and giving them a lower budget then normal would force them to do their job less adequately than usual. It may also be the case that many small churches may not be able to survive paying taxes, and this could lead to the closing of many churches, leading most likely to an even steeper decline of religion in America. Churches paying taxes will lead to major problems in our society.

    Taxing churches would mean that we would have to tax all non-profit organizations, something that would harm the entire planet. Governments do not have the right to pick and choose non-profit organizations to tax, meaning that all would have to be taxed. All local charities that do much good for the world and America will likely shut down if taxed, and this is not correct. Churches and other non-profit organizations earn this tax exemption by the good they do for the world, which is why taxing them is not just.

    Taxing churches will force them to do a less adequate job in their work of religious teaching and bringing others closer to God. A lower budget would lead to the probable end of schools that work with churches, that lead children closer to Christ in a good, Christian environment. It could also lead to the end of Bible studies, youth groups, and other extra events that lead everyone into deeper holiness. Finally, taxing churches could lead to the end of smaller churches as well because of financial reasons. There are many reasons why taxing churches will impact churches and its faithful alike.

    In addition to slowing the evangelization work of churches, this will also lead to the shutting down of many churches. This is very bad because less people will be able to go to church every Sunday. This is bad because America with less religion in it will lead to less Christian values practiced by the people, which will make crime soar. Finally, churches going out of business will put many out of work, and more unemployment is not what this country needs. Taxing churches is not a good idea because it could lead to the closing of churches, which could lead to bad things in America.

  • Churches shouldn't pay

    Everyone is crying because they want to be rich. Please. Churches are non-profit and they do help many, physically, but mostly spiritually, the most important help. Plus, this would wreck so many churches around america, and even if it didn't some, they wouldn't be able to function as well as before. STOP BEING SELFISH AMERICA

  • Churches need money to do their job.

    Everyone on that side is crying because they want to be rich. Come on. Churches do good things, and taxing them isn't fair because of all of the good things that they do. They are non-profit and this would wreck many many small churches. They do offer help, spiritual help, more important than any material help. NO TAXES FOR CHURCHES

  • It's not fair to some churches...

    Some can't afford things. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • The churches are a service to the community.

    The governments job id to provide necessities free of charge. To some people churches are a necessity so the government does the opposite of its function. Do you think its logical to make people pay to pray? Also the churches use their money to help the poor and needy. Infact the governments should provide subsidies to the churches not discourage them. Its probably better if the government taxed the very rich people, as most of whom do not spend their money on helping people but satisfying their greed.


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