Having opinions all over the map is a good sign of a person capable of autonomous thinking. Felix -2011
"The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." `Thomas Jefferson
I am inclined to tax all organizations. The lines between profits and non-profits are blurred and one of the best ways to make a ton of money is to start a non[profit. The name is a misnomer. And all of the IRS 501-c-3 or whatever codes that allow tax exemptions give a powerful tools to corrupt governments to misuse power, as we have seen. Not only should churches be taxed but unions, think-tanks, non-profits, etc. should be taxed. The government should not be subsidizing this stuff by granting tax exemptions.
It was probably a great idea but it is so abused by this point.
"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger
People who derive their pay from charitable orginization a should have that income taxed like anything else.
The only thing that shouldn't be taxed are funds ACTUALY being used for charity.
As for churches...and property taxes...I'm not sure they could afford them. Take the Catholic Church. Their properties (in Europe anyway) are priceless. How do you assess the value in order for it to be taxed?
How about a progressive tax structure on income based on percentage of funds used for charity.
In other words, take Salvation Army. CEO makes millions per year. If they use less than 10% of the funds they take in on charity, that that CEOs pay at 60%. If they use more than 40% of their income for charity, his income tax goes down to 25%.
Put in a few steps, of course, but you get the idea.
Tax them like any business/corporation.
'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
'We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away.'
"Better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool."
In order to protect religious freedom, religions must not be subject to this kind of control from the government.
The five great lies of the
We can be Godless and free. • “Social justice” through forced redistribution of wealth. • Silencing religious opinions counts as “diversity”. • Freedom without moral and personal responsibility. • Civilization can survive the intentional undermining of the family.