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Old 01-08-2008, 09:43 PM
 
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Religion today is more of a business than anything else. Having them tax-exempt lets them build gigantic castles and their successful priests driving jaguars. Should we retain this tax-exempt status? It clearly is not the religion of old, more money is spent for lavish and expensive things than anything. New religions like scientology is a basically a tax shelter used by wealthy celebrities and athletes... Can I start my own religion and protect all my assets? I don't believe religions need or deserve tax exemption..
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Old 01-08-2008, 10:20 PM
 
Location: DFW, TX
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If you are a pastor/preacher/priest/minister/etc and object to social security on religious grounds, you can even be exempt from that! It's time to hop on that bus...
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Old 01-08-2008, 10:25 PM
 
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Religion today is more of a business than anything else. Having them tax-exempt lets them build gigantic castles and their successful priests driving jaguars. Should we retain this tax-exempt status? It clearly is not the religion of old, more money is spent for lavish and expensive things than anything. New religions like scientology is a basically a tax shelter used by wealthy celebrities and athletes... Can I start my own religion and protect all my assets? I don't believe religions need or deserve tax exemption..
What a load of crap that its exempt. Of course it shouldn't be. Make those fanatical turds at least help support the wars they encourage and cause!
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Old 01-09-2008, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Small patch of terra firma
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Should we retain this tax-exempt status
I’d implement a simple rule, if the church is still operating out of some small storefront in a run down strip mall and providing a soup kitchen for the poor in the evenings, yes, keep them tax exempt. If they are breaking ground on a multimillion dollar complex, no, they more than likely are not taking the money to help those in need and don’t deserve the exemption.
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Old 01-09-2008, 01:39 AM
 
Location: DFW, TX
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I’d implement a simple rule, if the church is still operating out of some small storefront in a run down strip mall and providing a soup kitchen for the poor in the evenings, yes, keep them tax exempt. If they are breaking ground on a multimillion dollar complex, no, they more than likely are not taking the money to help those in need and don’t deserve the exemption.
It's possible to separate charity from religion, even if the charity were created by the religion. The 'church' I attended back in VA ran a thrift store which directed 100% of the proceeds to local charities and families in need (none of which were members).
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Old 01-09-2008, 01:48 AM
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New religions like scientology is a basically a tax shelter used by wealthy celebrities and athletes.
Methinks someone doesn't know much about the tax code.
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Old 01-09-2008, 03:45 AM
 
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Tax the churches.
They tend to put their 2 cents into political discussions and void any charter with the state.
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:41 AM
 
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Methinks someone doesn't know much about the tax code.
"Scientology cites its tax exemption as proof the United States government accepts it as a religion"

From: Church of Scientology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

What don't I get exactly?
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:19 AM
 
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Should Religion be Tax-Exempt?

Yes as its an essential component of our secular government. Religions are not state supported as they are elsewhere.
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:23 AM
 
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I think that there should be a ceiling tax exemption on the first couple of million...I would let some much smarter than me to figure that amount out....but IMHO, churches should pay taxes on assets that are beyond the immediate church building and on income that exceeds operating expenses. Book stores and gymnasiums and skate board parks and real estate and sea side villas and pent house apartments.....why should the TAXPAYERS support that?
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