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    Re: Should we tax religious institutions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Then we aren't keeping church out of the state, as you already agreed we should. If a church wants to be politically active, let them pay their entry fee like everyone else.
    There is no entry fee to participate in democracy.

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    Re: Should we tax religious institutions?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    True but you do not see no billboards in predominantly catholic areas with the Pope's Picture saying "Nancy Pelosi is a phony catholic, a good catholic doesn't ignore their catholic values" or a commercial with Kenneth Copeland in it saying God wants you to vote for a real christian vote for this guy".
    It would be a lot better if they came up in the open and competed like the rest. Better than rogue works.
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    Re: Should we tax religious institutions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    There is no entry fee to participate in democracy.
    Sure there is. In order to be part of our society you have to pay taxes. I'm an American citizen and a voter, so Uncle Sam comes along and takes money out of my check at gunpoint.
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    Re: Should we tax religious institutions?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    Sure there is. In order to be part of our society you have to pay taxes. I'm an American citizen and a voter, so Uncle Sam comes along and takes money out of my check at gunpoint.
    From your location, it doesn't appear like you are part of our society. Thank you for your contributions.

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    Re: Should we tax religious institutions?

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    From your location, it doesn't appear like you are part of our society. Thank you for your contributions.
    Really? Because I still pay US taxes and vote, so I guess you can go **** yourself.

    Your statement was just to be a dick and added zero value to this conversation, as usual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowDown View Post
    I've got to say that it is shadenfreudalicious to see the rich and famous fucquewads on the coast suffering from the fires.

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    Re: Should we tax religious institutions?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    Really? Because I still pay US taxes and vote, so I guess you can go **** yourself.

    Your statement was just to be a dick and added zero value to this conversation, as usual.
    You want to tax the profits of a non-profit that by definition doesn't have any. You are located in Europe so you aren't actually here in our society. I acknowledged that you do pay taxes as a US citizen and thanked you for your contributions--contributions that I don't think you should have to make living outside the country.

    As for your opinions of my contributions, find a beach somewhere and stomp around.

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    Re: Should we tax religious institutions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    No it can't. Nobody is stopping religion from operating how it wishes, but so long as religion uses public services, they ought to be obligated to pay for them, just like everyone else. Otherwise, the government is showing preferential treatment to religion, which is also unconstitutional.
    I am, so yes it can. The first amendment grants religion (and the press) special status.

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    Re: Should we tax religious institutions?

    Taxing the church across the board will be it's undoing. It opens the door to political action - something the church and charities would be well advised to avoid, and something the public has a vested interest in preventing. I do agree that there are churches who operate in direct conflict with private enterprise, and those operations should be taxed. I have personally built "Family Life Centers" which were nothing more than athletic centers and country clubs, complete with bulletin boards filled with business cards at elevators and other gathering places. That is hardly religious, charitable, or any other descriptive associated with either of those terms as we understand them. A church or a charity can certainly do that kind of thing. They should just pay taxes on it. Taxes on charitable activities, however, simply serves to assure that there will be less of it.

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    Re: Should we tax religious institutions?

    Most churches spend less than 5% of their budgets for charitable functions. Why should the new bowling alley in the local megachurch be built tax free?
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    Re: Should we tax religious institutions?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    Most churches spend less than 5% of their budgets for charitable functions. Why should the new bowling alley in the local megachurch be built tax free?
    Because govt had nothing to do with it?

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