Comments: IRS Calling

Removing the tax exemption would give a whole lot of wingnuts permission to keep trying to erode church/state separation.

Posted by Elayne Riggs at November 11, 2005 06:54 PM

Let's be honest. Not many of the stories make the news, but I'm betting that churches all over the country are taking sides on political matters all the time.

The whole religion/government question would more honestly be evaluated if you just viewed churches like any other corporation. Religion today is a business and should be treated as such. They hire employees, sell products, make commercials (and infomercials), hawk for customers, etc.

And take political positions...more than most businesses. I don't hear anyone threatening to remove Pat Robertson's tax-exempt status and he's made enough wingnut political statements in the last couple of years to fill a book. (Unless we're all pretending he's making those statements about what god does and doesn 't allow as an individual and not as the head of whatever lunatic branch of whichever church he's supposedly in charge of.)

And most churches are incorporated, so under that unfortunate Supreme Court decision, they already have corporate "personhood" with all of the "rights" that supposedly come with it. These corporations benefit as much from society's advantages as any business, so they should have to help pay.

If my hobbies aren't tax exempt, I don't see why people playing at gods and goddesses get a free tax ride. Awarding religion that kind of status simply perpetuates the myth that there's something more to religon than antiquated mythology and superstition.

Posted by Anne at November 12, 2005 11:03 AM