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  •  It's actually a very dangerous idea. (2+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron, Frederick Clarkson

    I agree with you that it doesn't have a prayer of being passed and the idea doesn't have much traction outside the more extreme secularists, but, as I argued once before, taxing religious institutions would actually further weaken the wall of separation.  You cannot tax an individual or an institution and then turn around and forbid that individual or institution has no say in how that tax money is spent.  It would lead to more religious meddling in politics, not less, and would lead to more injustices than any it hopes to redress.

    What is called for is more aggressive IRS investigations of religious institutions that truly have abused their tax-exempt status, not a blanket tax that lumps them in with the majority of religious institutions that conscientiously follow current law.

    •  Except that the Founders, (2+ / 0-)
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      Brooke In Seattle, ichibon

      particularly Madison, worried greatly about allowing religious institutions to own property tax free.

      A good read on this is the 4 part series of articles in the NYTimes by Diana B. Henriques.  It's eye popping.

      We have created a terrible monster with tax exemptions for religious institutions. It is the IRS who decides whether you qualify as a religion or not.  If that isn't government meddling in religion, I don't know what is.

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