As a preacher I pay the full self employment tax (15 3/4%) from an entity whose people'supporters have already paid their "fair Share". Most churches are small and struggle to be able to pay a full time pastor. As many have posted elsewhere, charitable organizations, especially church institutions) do a better job of making provision to the poor and needy during times of great stress and catastrophes. Besides, most of the education, medicinal, adoption and other means or entities to better people came from Christians or their institutions to start with. Government intervention is a poor excuse for what we as a people are suppose to do in care for our neighbor... be our brother/sister's keeper.