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Time for the Religious to Pay Their Fair Share

anonymous Wrote: Sep 20, 2012 8:44 AM
Only non-believers would ever suggest that churches lose their "tax exemption" ........
Idahoser Wrote: Sep 20, 2012 9:57 AM
you're confused. Why would somebody with an honest faith want to be in some special 'class'? Aren't we all equal?
Louie13 Wrote: Sep 20, 2012 10:09 AM
Idahoser, it is obvious which side you are on when you consider yourself to be equal to or greater than God. You are your own god.
Anominus Wrote: Sep 20, 2012 11:37 AM
"Special class"? Most churches and charities are considered "non-profit organizations," a designation which is open to anyone who can meet the legal specifications. Considering that churches are the single greatest charitable organizations, why wouldn't we want to grant them an exemption from taxation? Additionally, taxation is a means of government establishing power over the taxpayer - why would you want the government to have power over a religion?
Wayne from the Hoosier state Wrote: Sep 20, 2012 7:12 PM
The contributions and donations have already been taxed. The money is not new wealth. It is a gift of a horizonal transfer of money.
Reginald10 Wrote: Sep 21, 2012 2:02 PM
You can't tax God. He can't vote.

No taxation without Representation !
There is a movement underway in Europe to remove the tax exemptions churches have enjoyed for centuries.

In Spain and Italy this attempt is being broadly pursued, while in Britain it is being done piecemeal.

For example, in Spain and Italy the special tax status of churches and their ministries are being openly targeted by political leaders who want to get their hands into church coffers.

Ricardo Rubio, a city councilman in Alcala de Henares, Spain, says he, and those who share his view, “want to make a statement that the costs of the...