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Stamp: Tax the Churches by 8manderz8 Stamp: Tax the Churches by 8manderz8
"If Churches care so much about politics, then they should pay taxes like everyone else!"

Based off the following quote by George Carlin:

I don't know how you feel, but I'm pretty sick of church people. You know what they ought to do with churches? Tax them. If holy people are so interested in politics, government, and public policy, let them pay the price of admission like everybody else. The Catholic Church alone could wipe out the national debt if all you did was tax their real estate.



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joeisbadass Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How does paying taxes mean you care about politics? Taxation is by its very nature paying for the political agenda and idea of someone else.
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Piggykit Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A non-profit organization cannot earn money to pay for taxes.  Especially with today's inflation.  It's a service, not a business.
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MKBrony Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Um, no. When people tide the church, the person benefitting the most from it is the Pastor and the higher-ups in the religion. Hell, the former Pope received a one-off FERRARI ENZO!! A multi-million dollar SUPERCAR!!! So don't go around calling the church a Non-profit organization.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsoC10…
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Piggykit Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, a "non-profit" organization (as defined by the government) is one without shareholders.
Yes, churches make money, but aren't displayed as such. Therefore, the government probably won't choose to tax them. Also, probably because they're a religious organization as well.
Schools and hospitals are "non-profit", too.
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MKBrony Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Yes, but the fact that people are duped out of their money, and the government doesn't even beat an eyelid due to it having the "religion" label, just sickens me because how they are able to make millions by practically scamming the public.
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Piggykit Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I see your point...
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MKBrony Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
That's why the Church NEEDS to pay taxes. It doesn't help that Christians Protested that Obamacare was an "affront to their religious rights" because they thought that "funding contraceptives=forced to use them" which is completely untrue, and every Christian in America has received a tax exemption from Obamacare, which makes contraceptives out of more peoples' reach, and affecting the human rights of everyone.
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cerbereth132 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
George Carlin never thought that hypothetical through to its full conclusion. 

I think most people have a misunderstanding of why churches don't pay taxes though. It is not because Churches are getting out of a bill it is to protect government from church influence. Let me put it like this. You know what pays taxes? A corporation. You know what gets to donate unlimited money to political campaigns, hire full time lobbyists, and endorse candidates? A corporation. Do you know what the wealthiest and oldest institution on the planet is? The Roman Catholic church. Do you think they might get involved politically if all of a sudden they have the option to?     

Right now churches bang on the gate, but I don't think the solution is to open the gate and invite them in. 
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wakaflockaflame1 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They SHOULD NOT BE FUCK NO WHERE NEAR POLITRICKS!
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Blackestfang Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
why I love the first amendment. not only does it let us say what we want (With certain things being no fighting words or words that would endanger others like yelling fire in a crowded theater) it also states the government can not support any religion nor force it to the people, this is now used to protect the government from people. I get some countries have lots of traditions based off religions but laws and religion should never go hand and hand. can they make little festivals for religions? Sure A little get together for a religion does not affect the way a nation is run. 
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