Religious establishments should be taxed

June 6, 2016, 4:51 pm

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The debate "Religious establishments should be taxed" was started by SwaggerPoptart on June 6, 2016, 4:51 pm. By the way, SwaggerPoptart is disagreeing with this statement. 24 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 25 people are on the disagree side. That might be enough to see the common perception. It looks like most people are against to this statement.

historybuff posted 13 arguments to the agreers part.
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Sleepypenguin, Burnin, SueAnnMohr, historybuff, Bodaciouslady16, DemonLlama, Freyja, NameWasTakn, Schnuupi, EddyCamacho and 14 visitors agree.
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alright, the idea that everything the government touches breaks is just outright bullshit. that is what right wing nut jobs say because they don't want anyone to ever tell them what to do.

if you admit there are many for profit churches then what do you propose if not government oversight? clearly they need oversight. and who else is going to do it?

3 years, 4 months ago

-The government needs to get its hands off everything. Everything it touches and subsidizes breaks and fails. For instance, the ACA.
-Some churches help the local community, and some don't. I don't think government oversight is the right solution.
-If churches are non-profit, they should not be taxed. If they are profit, I would say they are a business and it defies the purpose of a church so tax them.
-Since all churches are profit, I mean the ones that people/pastors gain private profit for their personal benefit.

3 years, 4 months ago

people choose to give money to casinos. they are not forced or required to. and churches can and do profit. some of them spend what they make on the community. some of them don't. there is absolutely no oversight of that.

your taxes are some of the lowest in the developed world. you aren't paying enough taxes to provide necessary basic services.

what do they do that a government couldn't? and some churches do a good job. some don't. the ones that are selfish and/or innept are just as tax free as the good ones.

if it were a government program then there would be oversight, there is very little oversight of churches.

3 years, 4 months ago

-People choose to donate to churches. They are not forced or required, nor does the church gain profit like casinos.
-The government does not know how to spend its money wisely, and we the people are already taxed way to much.
-Churches do what the government can't and quite frankly, they do a better job than the government.

3 years, 4 months ago

in my opinion a church is like a casino. people walk in with money and walk out without it. they didn't gain anything tangible but they probably felt good.

granted churches generally do charitable work, but with the billionaires in tax revenue the government could afford to do alot of social services as well.

we should not rely on churches to take care of the people. that is the governments job.

3 years, 4 months ago

but should we?
the Vatican may act like a business, but local churches usually dont.

was hearing a story on NPR this morning talking about pay day loan.

a local church acted like a financial advisor and than an investigator to find out how much damage these loans were doing to its community.

the church does more than just spiritual services for their communities. that is in addition to multitude social benefits.

3 years, 4 months ago

of course we can't tax the Vatican. but we could tax the Catholic churches within our borders.

3 years, 4 months ago

the Catholic Church is closer to a nation than a corporation. with a head of state rather than a CEO.

but my point is we can regulate the churches within the US, do you really believe we can regulate the actual Vatican which is considered a sovereign country?

3 years, 4 months ago

separation of church and state, simple fact of western civilization

3 years, 4 months ago

the Vatican is the head of the Catholic Church. the Catholic Church is most definitely present in the US and therefore subject to US law.

its kind of like Microsoft coming out with a charity branch that is a small percentage of the company's earnings so you make the entire company tax free. historically religions have been for profit businesses, many still are. only a small part if their earnings go to charitable endeavors.

3 years, 4 months ago

Yoga studios are profit driven. Maybe a free yoga for everyone group wouldnt be

3 years, 4 months ago
Nemiroff
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the Vatican is an international organization not subject to US law and outside of our control. most churches within the US don't act like that. I believe.

3 years, 4 months ago

religion can pursue spirituality all they want. but spirituality is not a public service. yoga can be a form of spirituality too, I doubt many people think their yoga studio should be tax exempt.

churches can, and do create money for themselves. look at the Vatican and say that churches aren't a for profit enterprise. the Catholic Church is probably the largest corporation on the planet. they rake in massive amounts of profit. but because a small percentage of that wealth is spent helping people, all their wealth is tax exempt.

3 years, 4 months ago

That's the current system. You cant establish a hypothetical, alter reality, then assume the hypothetical is correct. Many churches are established within poor regions.

If equality, an intangible, is sought for by the NAACP, why cant spirituality be pursued by religion

3 years, 4 months ago

many communities get a lot from their church. some communities revolve around the church, as a place of meeting, community, and socialization. they also promote charitable giving which is a good for the entire population.

we need to crack down on abusers but in general they deserve their tax exemption as much as any other social/civil organization, because that is what they are.

3 years, 4 months ago

yeah, the more I think about this issue the more problematic it seems to be. not because you would have to tax other non profits. other non profits provide critical services, the NAACP exists to help racial minorities. planned parenthood exists to hell women with medical care. religion's primary purpose does not seem to be so philanthropic.

the problems that would likely arise from this would be that it would restrict access to religion to wealthier people. especially in neighborhoods with high property values. the cost of maintaining churches would increase dramatically, especially in these areas.

while I have no problem with the decline of religion, the fact that it would affect the poor's access to religion far more than the wealthy is unacceptable to me. the rich can afford to pay for their churches, the poor could not.

3 years, 4 months ago
Nemiroff
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if that is the case then all non profit organizations should pay taxes including the NAACP, Planned parenthood, and all other civil groups.

3 years, 4 months ago

it isn't a matter of how important it is to you. different people find importance in different things. that doesn't mean they qualify to be tax free. if a group of people want to have a church, then they have every right to have one. but that church should not be subsidized by the government. they should be paying for it.

3 years, 4 months ago

church services may not be important to you, but I have a feeling a large number of Americans dissagree.

not for profit organizations also have to pay employees, rent and maintenance. the fact that churches have to support clergy and upkeep their facilities does not make it not a not for profit.... within limits.... which should be better defined.

there is a lot of abuse, mostly televangelist. but they are considered official, tax exempt, churches.

3 years, 4 months ago

tax exemptions are the intertwining of church and state. it forces the government to decide what is and what is not a religion I'm order to decide who gets to be exempt. if all religions are taxed normally then they are all separate bodies taxes the same way. that is the separation of church and state.

3 years, 4 months ago
RogueAmerican
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So you want to separate church and state by intertwining them with taxes. That seems rather counterproductive. But 501c3 arent only for charities as well.

3 years, 4 months ago

I, and every other person, believe in a separation of church and state. it is the state's job to look after it's people. if the things churches are doing are that important then they are a service the state should provide.

if the service they are providing isn't that important then they aren't a charity and there is no reason not to tax them. either way there is no reason a religious organization should be considered a charity. the two are very different things.

3 years, 4 months ago

Wtf did I just type, "You hate religion, so you want to abolish everything wrong with it even if it is good or bad."
You hate religion, so you want to abolish everything it provides even if it is good. -What I meant to say.

3 years, 4 months ago
dalton7532
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-People choose to go there historybuff. They do not kidnap people and force them to go there. Yes, sometimes people go door to door to try to explain their views because they want people to believe in what they believe because they believe it is correct! Everybody does, isn't that the very reason you are on this app. There is nothing wrong with the services religous places do, nothing at all! They have a better success rate with the help they recieve from churches than the government. You hate religion, so you want to abolish everything wrong with it even if it is good or bad. Admit it. Go ahead.

3 years, 4 months ago
RogueAmerican
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But they do those things historybuff

3 years, 4 months ago

and with the massive amount of tax revenue the government would gain they could do all of that and more without trying to (to use the homophobes favorite phrase) jam their lifestyle down their throats. there is no reason public services should comes from a religious organization.

3 years, 4 months ago

Not minimal. These groups help kids with community and social interaction. There is this ongoing group where the church brings kids and the work on projects for the eldery and people in need.

3 years, 4 months ago

Anybody can go into one church who is in serious need and they will help you. You can go too any of these two churches and my city and see that regardless what race, gender, or sexual orientation.

3 years, 4 months ago
RogueAmerican
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What is your definition of public service

3 years, 4 months ago

they provide some minimal services to the poor and religious services are not a public service. those services to the poor would be easily offset by the massive amount of money the government would then take in and be able to support the poor.

3 years, 4 months ago
RogueAmerican
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They give to the poor and provide religious services. To me, religion is critical.

3 years, 4 months ago

planned parenthood is a health care service. it is necessary for women's health. religions don't give any medical care. they do not provide a public service.

3 years, 4 months ago

"they aren't tax exempt because they aren't for profit. they are tax exempt because they are in the same category as charities. but since the majority of any religions spending is not going to charitable purposes, in my opinion the should certainly be taxed.
people are forced to subsidize (and being tax free is a subsidy) the religious practices of others. this is a horrible idea. if people want to practice their religion they are free to do so. the government has no business subsidizing that." -historybuff
Therefore is it ok for people to be forced to pay taxes to subsidize planned parenthood? Your logic is wonky.

3 years, 4 months ago

I'm not sure what that has to do with scam churches which are allowed to operate tax free and exist solely for personal profit.

3 years, 4 months ago
dalton7532
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Atheist have a grudge with religion, so the tax religous establisments. Atleast, historybuff for that matter.

3 years, 4 months ago

perhaps churches should be better defined so as to prevent abuse.

3 years, 4 months ago

I do not see why they should. They do not gain profit as I know of some do, and those get taxed. Most churches are non-profit, and the donations they get are to only keep the church moving.

3 years, 4 months ago

They qualify under the conditions of a 501c3. It isnt just religious institutions.

3 years, 4 months ago

they aren't tax exempt because they aren't for profit. they are tax exempt because they are in the same category as charities. but since the majority of any religions spending is not going to charitable purposes, in my opinion the should certainly be taxed.

people are forced to subsidize (and being tax free is a subsidy) the religious practices of others. this is a horrible idea. if people want to practice their religion they are free to do so. the government has no business subsidizing that.

3 years, 4 months ago

the object for tax is when an organization is a profit oriented. What is the purpose when establishing a religion?? is it for profit or inner satisfaction?? those who establishing religion search inner peace, not profit. so it is not the object for tax, except the purpose for religious establishment is a profit, then I agree it can be object for tax

3 years, 4 months ago
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