Yes, we should. I'm fine with giving them the same tax breaks anyone else gets for charitable work, but I don't see why everything else shouldn't be taxed.
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Also interesting that "this guy" who is no longer Pope and his organization aren't on your list. Your message is very disjoint and difficult to understand. Could you express it more succinctly?
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Question: Is there any law that explicitly states that religious institutions should be tax-exempt? Or do churches fall under the category of things that are tax-exempt? I'm asking this because right now my only reason for wanting to tax churches is "Organised religion is stupid so taxing it would help diminish its power". And objectively, that's an awful reason.
And seriously? You think I didn't know he wasn't the pope? I just googled pope and took the gaudiest looking one I saw. I thought surely the readers could understand it was the pope in general and not that specific pope, but I guess I completely and totally overestimated you.
Also, the list I posted was about random charities. The catholic church keeps their total income highly secretive, because for some reason they're special while the rest of us have to file taxes and report income.
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I have no idea whether you know who is Pope and who isn't Pope.
I believe that each diocese is I incorporated as it's own entity. I seriously doubt that the Catholic Church takes in billions in income. That doesn't mean that it doesn't have billions in assets but the subject is income tax.
Do you think that assets should be taxed?
Absolutely they should be taxed. Lots of churches are speaking out about politics, something that's a no-no. If they don't want to be taxed on their charitable work, I'm fine with that, but anything that pays for the building and the priesthood and all of that should be taxed.
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