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  •  Taxation does not prohibit (0+ / 0-)

    "the free exercise thereof".  Religions are more than welcome to exist and say what they want and how they want.

    Taxing an organization does not discourage or penalize it for existing, does not restrict it from existing. If that were the case, there would be no organizations at all in the US.

    A tax is not a punishment, it's a reward for being an integral and supporting part of society.

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    by Noddy on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 01:57:31 PM PST

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    •  Taxation can be used to penalize or reward. (0+ / 0-)
      Taxing an organization does not discourage or penalize it for existing, does not restrict it from existing. If that were the case, there would be no organizations at all in the US.
      If taxation is used in a discriminatory way, such that two organizations, both doing the same thing, are taxed differently according to the nature of their religious views, then taxation is a significant penalty for having an organization with religious views.

      If the federal government decided to tax nonreligious advocacy organizations that called for higher taxes and the expansion of Medicare and Social Security, while granting a tax exemption to nonreligious advocacy organizations that called for lower taxes and cuts to Medicare and Social Security, you would likely agree with me that the federal government's tax power was being used to promote one viewpoint and penalize another.

      Why shouldn't a similar line of reasoning hold for religious and nonreligious nonprofit organizations?

      "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 Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 02:54:36 PM PST

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      •  If you've bothered to read my comments (0+ / 0-)

        you'd know I have no issues with ANY organization being taxed.  

        You seem to be the one who wants to penalize society by allowing some parts of it to shirk their share of taxes that provide the infrastructure they so enjoy using.

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        by Noddy on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 06:53:54 PM PST

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