Tax the Churches

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

Do these words sound familiar?  They should – they’re the first words of our Bill of Rights.  Most Americans feel the separation of Church and State should be without question.  But lately, some large Christian organizations (and the usual fringe nuts) want to take a more active role in government.  They want to participate in political processes like Supreme Court Rulings and endorse candidates they favor.

I think that’s fine.  But as soon as you slip out of the “exclusively God -saving souls” business, you become just one more political action committee that should be taxed.  That’s right.  Property taxes (the Catholic Church is one of the largest land owners in Manhattan – tax free, of course), income taxes, school taxes, and tax on all those bingo games.

“Respecting an establishment of religion” is precisely what the Constitution intended to prohibit.  And “free exercise thereof” does not mean “free to skate” on the taxpayers’ dime.  Don’t Churches use the same services other corporation use – like fire and police departments and snow plowing?

Churches – if you want to play in the game, you’ve got to share the costs.  If you don’t, fine – but you shouldn’t have it both ways.  And if you want to get out, please start with all of those religious lobbyists who are cluttering the halls of Congress.

6 Responses to “Tax the Churches”

  1. Joe Belle-Isle says:

    Oh hell Jerry Fallwell ran for Pres. and ended up suing Larry Flynt because Larry pulled out all the plugs on a big beautiful political parody of Fallwell -so disgusting fallwell sued him and got larry all the way to the Supreme court. End Result? If your running for Pres. your religion and all your personal life is up for jokes and scrutiny-it even happenned to Abe Lincoln.
    I liked the part where Flynt’s interview with fallwell went to Fallwells first piece of tang with his Momma. In the outhouse. “They did have plenty of room after they threw the dog out. Besides, -Fallwell added-She was so drunk she was screwing everyone else and couldn’t tell the difference. So I figured, “What the hell!”
    Flynt Won. Isn’t it nice if giving them the right to not pay some taxes if it makes them public figures we can talk about like that?

  2. Bill says:

    Churches don’t pay taxes because they are considered non-profit organizations. That the pastor makes a zillion dollars doesn’t enter into it. I agree, if they spend even one cent advocatiing for a candidate or a party, they should pay taxes, but given the religiosity of this nation, that’s not going to happen.

    Hey, it could be worse. In some countries like Germany, you have to pay a religiion tax to the government which disperses the money to the denomination of your choosing. This is a mandatory tax even for atheists.

  3. Joe Belle-Isle says:

    Ernst Angely went to Germany espescially after Germany told him if he brought his brand of Jesus hocuc pocus to Germany he’d go to jail. He went-said he was arrested and went to jail, and was back a week later with a big thick book to sell on his next weeks show. It had a picture of him in a suit and tie crying at the the locked door and titled “MY TIME IN PRISON FOR JESUS.” iT WAS A BIG BOOK FOR HIM TO WRITE IN LESS THAN A WEEK FOR him being detained at the airport and turned around. He never went to jail, but he already had the book wrote and couldn’t waste it.

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