Should religious organizations be exempt from tax?

Asked by: Tortelloni
  • Taxing churches and other places of worship is bad

    Taxing places of worship is bad for a couple of reasons. The first being that it goes against the constitution. The second reason ,against Tortelloni, is that not taxing churches and places of worship is not part of freedom of religion but instead is part of the law and the constitution and the constitution is not flexible.

  • Separation of Church and State

    Taxing churches would be a direct violation of the First Ammendmant. The constitution clearly states the separation of church and state, so if the church is paying the government taxes, they are being intertwined. Also, many non-profits are exempt from taxes. Churches, like non-profits, host a large number of community service projects. They also provide a free place of worship for many people. While the title of this says churches, the same rules apply for synagogues, mosques, temples, and all other places of worship.

  • Of course they should pay taxes

    God always seems to need money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. It's only right that religious organizations should be taxed--all that money and they're not taxed? Why do they get special treatment? They shouldn't.

  • Tax exemption is taxpayer subsidy of the faithful

    There's no charitable work or public good a religion performs that cannot be performed secularly. Any proselytisation or outreach is simply corporate self-promotion.

    Religion is known for its financial greed; its pursuit of privilege for the faithful and their clergy; its attempts to control legislature and undermine human rights; its obstruction of justice; its abuse of freedom of speech to promote fear and hate; its abuse of freedom of worship to terrorise and exploit the young, the poor, the ignorant and the emotionally vulnerable; its revisionism, propaganda and misrepresentation of history; its opposition to secular inquiry; and its alliance with and support of dictators, tyrants and despots.

    So yeah, tax the arse off it, and keep it out of schools, legislature and courthouses.

  • I can believe what I want in my house or any building and it doesn't make it "a place of worship"

    These religious organisations own property in the same way that any person or organisation does. If they wish to have a building for any purpose, they should have to pay the necessary property taxes that come with ownership. It is unfair to the people that must pay property taxes and it's not like these religions can't afford to pay tax, Also it would give millions to governments across the world.

  • No no no

    If Churches paid taxes that would make 89 billion more dollars. That would be enough to give every single homeless person a home, and leave some over to build hospitals or something. And what is the church's reason for not having to pay taxes in the first place, it is technically a business since it collects money from it's worshipers and it owns land so it should pay taxes undoubtedly.

  • Freedom of religion only extends so far

    Just as freedom of religion doesn't justify breaking of any other law, places of worship shouldn't be exempt from paying it's fair share to the government. It's owned property, it doesn't matter if it's a "holy" place.

    Religion should not get special treatment, especially in economics. That just opens the door for exploitation and biasedness.

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