posted on May, 10 2010 @ 07:51 PM
I think it would be a bad idea to tax any church. When a person pays taxes, they are paying for the government but more importantly it also complete
part of a social contract, and most people who pay taxes are entitled to be involved in the body politic, and thus if you started to have the
government tax churches, even for the best of intentions, means that you would have to give some political authority and power to that church.
But there is one other small detail about such that has come out recently with all of the different issues that are showing up, is that most churches
have strong political opinions, some good, some not so good, and they would demand the right and ability to determine who could and could not recieve
aid from the taxes that they would be giving up.
I remember volunteering at a soup kitchen many years ago, ran by a church. I asked a question, as to if they were applying to get federal aid to
assist in their endevore, and the response was no. Now I was confused, but the minister explained to me that the amount of red tape and rules that
would be a nightmare. The other part is that how do you determine a churchs value or how much money to tax, with a mind to remain fair and equal to
all involved? Some are independant and others are a large world spanning groups. Some take in a large amount of money and others take in very little
just paying for the upkeep of the grounds.