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    Re: Should tax exempt status be given to a church where they worship dead pigs?

    I don't think any church should be tax exempt (unless it gives at least 90% of its donations to charity), so no.

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    Re: Should tax exempt status be given to a church where they worship dead pigs?

    Of course they should - based on our current laws and policies.

    We have decided that taxing a church or religion is unconstitutional. So, there are thousands, or even millions, of fake Churches and even the "real" ones have story-lines that are no more or less ridiculous than The Church Of The Holy Oink. The most popular religion in America claims that a Jewish virgin gave birth to God's son so he could die for other peoples sins. I mean, c'mon, is that any more absurd than worshiping a pig? How about that Burning Bush? How about those 72 Virgins?

    I don't think there should even be any "non-profit" organizations of any kind. Most of them are just tax avoidance scams. But what's good for one must be good for all.



    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Okay, so some weirdo founds a religion whose premise is to get to heaven you need to regularly worship a dead pig. They regularly butcher a pig and cook it rotisserie style over an open flame with an apple in its mouth while the members bow down and worship it. Then afterwards, in elaborate robes, they take turns eating pieces of meat from it.

    Should they have tax exempt status just like any other religion?

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    Re: Should tax exempt status be given to a church where they worship dead pigs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    They would have to really, really trust you or you could run off with everything they own.
    True, but with at least half of your salary tax free and no rent to pay you could amass quite a tidy fortune. You would basically own nothing taxable and select very trustworthy church leaders (members), perhaps having the church set up as a partnership jointly owned by all of its members, requiring a majority to agree to any property sales. Hallelujah! Praise the IRS!
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    Re: Should tax exempt status be given to a church where they worship dead pigs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Okay, so some weirdo founds a religion whose premise is to get to heaven you need to regularly worship a dead pig. They regularly butcher a pig and cook it rotisserie style over an open flame with an apple in its mouth while the members bow down and worship it. Then afterwards, in elaborate robes, they take turns eating pieces of meat from it.

    Should they have tax exempt status just like any other religion?
    Why are you asking if the food channel should be tax exempt? If anything, it should be taxed double

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    Re: Should tax exempt status be given to a church where they worship dead pigs?

    No church should be given tax exempt status.

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    Re: Should tax exempt status be given to a church where they worship dead pigs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Voltaire X View Post
    No church should be given tax exempt status.
    I agree with you. I would favor requiring them to pay the same taxes as everyone else. In other words, they would not be singled out to be taxed to death. They would just have to pay just like any business. I can guarantee you if we tried to make this change, there would be screaming, portraying it as a "war on religion," which it's not, of course.

    Even if we didn't tax churches, we should tax religious businesses. For example, if a church owns and runs a bookstore, that bookstore should have to collect the same sales tax that any bookstore does and pay whatever other taxes a normal bookstore would, but the church itself (the building, the pews, the Holy Communion wafers, etc.) would not be taxed.

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    Re: Should tax exempt status be given to a church where they worship dead pigs?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    I don't think any church should have tax exempt status.
    I think they should as long as they do charitable works.

    That's why I would tend to question the tax exempt status of a church like the Westboro Baptists. Got to wonder what "charitable" works they do.

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    Re: Should tax exempt status be given to a church where they worship dead pigs?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    I think they should as long as they do charitable works.

    That's why I would tend to question the tax exempt status of a church like the Westboro Baptists. Got to wonder what "charitable" works they do.
    I'm fine with them getting tax deductions for any money they use for charity, just like anyone else does.
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    Re: Should tax exempt status be given to a church where they worship dead pigs?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    I'm fine with them getting tax deductions for any money they use for charity, just like anyone else does.
    But they are a nonprofit organization.

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    Re: Should tax exempt status be given to a church where they worship dead pigs?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    But they are a nonprofit organization.
    I beg to differ.

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