With separation of church and state in the US, what do you think about removing tax exempt status of churches?

With separation of church and state in the US, what do you think about removing tax exempt status of churches?

What do you think?

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  1. Some of them are struggling as it is, (those wacky super Churches excluded).
    Seriously though Church attendance is way down, across the Nation, so kinda pointless now.

  2. Politically active churches should pay taxes and report income as a business, and be subject to all laws, meaning fictitious name statements, etc.

  3. You mean we should get rid of 501(c)(3) exemptions altogether? Or you mean we should discriminate against _religious_ non-profits and prevent them from obtaining 501(c)(3) status?

  4. I like the idea. Especially since there is no separation of church and state anymore. The church controls the government almost everywhere.

  5. I knew a guy who knew a guy whose cousin’s friend or whatever (I don’t remember who it was ok?) wrote an essay about how we could solve hunger/homelessness in the US if the Catholic Church alone paid property taxes.

    The Catholic school he attended tried to fail/expel him for it, I forget which.

  6. I’m a born again Christian. I wish the government would do this. I’m sick of so many pastors campaigning from the pulpit instead of preaching the gospel.

  7. Churches are tax exempt by virtue of being 501(c) non-profits, so if you want to tax them, you’d have to remove tax exemptions on *all* such non-profits. And if you want it to specifically target religious institutions, you’d have the most clear-cut religious discrimination lawsuit on your hands ever.

    Besides, the law as it is pretty tightly regulates 501(c) non-profits and stops them from supporting political campaigns. Simply having politicians whose beliefs are influenced by religion is perfectly permissible by the Constitution.

  8. What does the first half of your question have to do with the second? I’m pretty sure the government is separated from charities, but that doesn’t stop it from granting tax exempt status to charities.

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