I really appreciate the perspective of a non-believer on the money side of the church. One commenter makes a point about a portion of the revenue of a church being tax free. I’ve been associated with church for a long time and understand all to well how the finances are used. I’d agree that there should be a cap on the tax exemption status of a church. What do you think?
Here’s an interesting article about taxes and churches.
This is the gist if you don’t have time to read: “The deductibility of donations to religious organizations creates a discriminatory religious subsidy. One is free to donate to the religion of one’s choice, but government support of these donations burdens every American, even the non-religious, with support for the faith industry.”
Here’s one way of looking at it. Churches are businesses, too, and they have financial goals, special interests and goods that are exchanged, albeit intangible. When you give money to a church, you are receiving a few things: hope, community, inspiration, motivation, a moral structure, a “spiritual home,” forgiveness, life coaching.
The rest of us have to pay for these services from secular businesses. So should a preference for belief in a god allow some taxpayers to deduct their payments (donations)? Nonbelievers, no doubt, would like to…
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