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  •  Why should houses of worship... (1+ / 0-)
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    commonmass taxed while nonreligious nonprofit organizations are tax-exempt?

    You would set up a system where religious organizations are discriminated against by law.

    "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 Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 08:31:39 AM PST

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    •  Perhaps for the same reason..... (2+ / 0-)
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      ....religious organizations enjoy all sorts of tax-exemptions for property that has nothing whatsoever to do with their religion, but has everything to do with amassing wealth.

      Failure to Publicize Acts of Hatred Only Allows Them to Fester and Metastasize.

      by BoxerDave on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 09:39:58 AM PST

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    •  Nonreligious nonprofits are untaxed to the (3+ / 0-)
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      extent of their charitable expenditures. Churches are untaxed even if they never expend a penny on charitable activity.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 09:53:25 AM PST

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    •  Well, there could be a way (1+ / 0-)
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      to set it up where there would be taxes, but any services provided to the community would be deductible -- for example food pantry and clothing closet programs, housing for homeless (the churches in one local community provide rotating shelters), lunch programs, etc. Those that are truly providing a service to the community would likely be paying a pittance if anything at all by the time everything was added up.

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 11:35:59 AM PST

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