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  •  Non-profits don't have millions in art (0+ / 0-)

    and gold stashed away.   They don't have monuments like the Mormon church in Utah.   If they do, then they should be taxed too.   Our schools are limping along on a shoe string, and the churches are flaunting their little red slippers.

    If money is speech, then speech must be money.

    by dkmich on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 03:52:23 PM PST

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    •  Nor do most churches. (1+ / 0-)
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      You're right that the Roman Catholic Church and the LDS Church have significant assets—which would mean that they would be able to weather the storm of being taxed.

      So would the massive, wealthy megachurches in the suburbs, whose parking decks are chock-full of Lexuses and Audis on Sunday mornings... all the pastor would have to do is ask for another few hundred thousand on the giant projection screens scattered throughout the sanctuary, and the pious wealthy would pony up.

      It would be the less well-heeled churches—the ones sitting on valuable land in the urban cores, the ones populated by lower-income people, the ones that don't have massive endowments lying around—that would end up having to shut down.

      So the churches that serve the poor (and that stand up for their interests) would be destroyed, and the regressive conservative churches would survive and grow stronger because they would be the only still-running organizations serving Americans who have religious tendencies.

      Isn't that the opposite of the effect you want?

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 07:01:34 AM PST

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