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View Diary: Donations to 501(c)4's are not tax-deductible. Good. Why are those to 501(c)3's? (88 comments)

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    is not in the Constitution...look it up. While it is true that the decision to make religious organizations more or less automatically tax-deductible amounts to a subsidy to religion, that does not violate the clear intent of the First Amendment which simply states that Congress shall make no law "respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"...some may argue to what extent the subsidy, available to any and all religions, amounts to an "establishment" of religion in general...but so long as no particular religion is favored it is hard to argue that this constitutes "establishment." When we talk about "separation of church and state" generally it refers to attempts to inject prayer or religious practice into the public sphere, which is more clearly "establishment" of religion, because it means putting the non-religious or members of religious minorities into the position of participating in a religious practice against their will. (Note: paying taxes is generally against everyone's will, and the courts do not recognize the status of taxpayers as having standing to sue in court over anything their taxes pay for....the only time a taxpayer is considered to have an interest recognized by the court is when the issue is the tax itself.

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Mon May 20, 2013 at 10:02:49 AM PDT

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