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  •  The churches can have a choice of either having (1+ / 0-)
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    a tax exemption or staying out of politics.

    •  It would be almost impossible to tax an entity (1+ / 0-)
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      which is not even required to keep or prepare accounting records. First religious orgs need to be required to complete and file detailed financial reports the same as for-profit corporations.

    •  Not at all. The First Amendment applies to (1+ / 0-)
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      all citizens, period.

      ALL of us have beliefs, whether we gather with others to act on those beliefs or not; and we bring those beliefs to every aspect of political and public life.

      If you and your friends gather at a friend's house, restaurant, community center, or political party HQ to act on political beliefs not inspired by religion, the house, restaurant, community center, or HQ is not taxed because of your belief-based political activities. Why then should churches be taxed because of belief-based political activities?

      A different justification must be found for taxing churches.

      !! Four more years !!

      by raincrow on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 08:34:21 AM PST

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      •  No. What I meant is what numbers do you use (1+ / 0-)
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        as a basis to apply the tax when no accounting, no receipts, no records are available? Religious organizations are not required to maintain any bookkeeping accounts nor are they required to prepare or file any financial reports.

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