Mark 12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.
Organized religion is a farce and a sham. Not taxing churches is unfair, wrong and unconstitutional. We must discontinue the free ride if we are to be equal. Exempting churches from taxation costs the government billions of dollars in lost revenue, which it cannot afford, especially in tough economic times. American taxpayers are supporting the extravagant lifestyles of wealthy crooks, whose grandiose “megachurches” accumulate millions of tax-free dollars every year. US churches own $400-$800 billion in untaxed property. Church revenue is being used to buy the thieves all kind of goodies from private jets, Rolls Royce cars, multi-million dollar mansions, trips to exotic locales, flashy jewelry, designer clothes, illegal drugs, shopping sprees for the mistresses and the service of hookers. In one case, a $23,000 marble-topped chest of drawers was installed in the 150,000 square foot headquarters of Joyce Meyer Ministries in Fenton, Missouri. These vultures are feeding off the hard work of the poor and living the high life, they are nothing but parasites who prey on the ignorance and the stupidity of the uneducated and fleece the vulnerable in their times of need.
Despite the 1954 law banning political campaigning by tax-exempt groups, we can observe every day that many churches are clearly political and therefore should not be receiving tax exemptions. Evangelicals, crooks, preachers, thieves and pastors defy IRS rules, every day, by endorsing candidates from the pulpit. Almost everyday, we hear from a crooked pastor trying to paint Donald Trump as the new poster boy for Christianity? Other times, churches use their money to fund campaigns, influence legislation, and try to infringe on the rights of others. How many received religious based flyers during any political campaign? They pay no tax but exercise a huge amount of influence over our government. This is wrong. Either stay out of politics (which they won’t) or start paying tax like every other politically influential business.
A tax exemption is a form of subsidy, and the US Constitution bars government from subsidizing religion. A tax break for churches forces all American taxpayers to support religion, even if they oppose some or all religious doctrines. Churches receive special treatment from the IRS beyond what other nonprofits receive, and such favoritism is unconstitutional.
Patheos reports: Associate Justice of the US Supreme court, William O. Douglas, in his dissenting opinion in Walz v. Tax Commission of the City of New York, decided May 4, 1970, stated: “If believers are entitled to public financial support, so are nonbelievers. A believer and nonbeliever under the present law are treated differently because of the articles of their faith… I conclude that this tax exemption is unconstitutional.”
Because churches pay nothing, everyone pays more. The cost of Government must be shared EQUALLY, by all. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. Anything else is theft by one group against another. We are either equal under the law or we are not.
While we are at it, could Christians explain why their cults call “Good Friday” the day their Savior died?