"I am not among those who fear the people. They and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1816 "[F]acts are before ideas." -- Mikhail Bakunin, 1882
If they want to be supported by their "flock", play politics or create their own social hang out for some cause other then charitable why should they enjoy the infrastructure tax payers support and live their fantasy tax free.
It costs you and me billions. We are not talking chump change here. Consider that for every tax dollar a religious organization does not pay, you and I pay it on its behalf and those churches who have the greater good and charitable in their beliefs would be tax exempt as they should and the many who have greed, political agendas or simply they are gatherings for other motives would then be ferreted out. You are clinging to mega and under the guise of religion freedom we have violated our First amendment.
As far as I'm concerned, tithing is a tax on stupidity, so I would view taxing churches as double taxation.
Question: AFAIK the salaries of church employees, Pastor/Priest included, are taxed, am I incorrect? Same as non-profits.
All this has nothing to do with "honoring the Constitution".
While it is absurd for this tax exempt status of this absurdity I view the women as being taxed on stupidity (and no fault but their own) because they like what he says and does with them. ; )
Why not just have churches file just like a non profit organization? If they are charitable to an extent required by non profits they continue being exempt and if not they will not be subsidized by the tax payers.
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.