Religions Make Money. Time to Pay Their Dues?
|March 5, 2014||Posted by Staff under Editorials|
This 2014 excerpt of OpEdNews, Feb 25, is by Jim Turnage.
Religious organizations have always been given tax exempt status. They are prohibited from being involved in the government or politics.
Today one of the most frequently voiced groups is the religious right. They are a powerful lobby within the Republican Party. And if that is the case, they should pay taxes in the same manner as any other corporation.
The United States of America was founded to create a nation that was free to practice any religion they chose, or none at all. Nothing was more important to our founding fathers than separation of church and state. They would be appalled to see how closely they are tied today.
I don’t believe in religions. I consider them a crutch; a force to remove independent thought. What I do believe in is right vs. wrong, and universal equality.
Our government could pay a lot of bills from [land] taxes paid by the Catholic Church alone. The Church is among the wealthiest organizations in the country.
Ed. Notes: Believers already make their religions rich. In a just economy, they’d probably have even more money to give away to priests and rabbis and shamans if they wish. Plus, their churches, temples, and synagogues take up lots of prime land. If they had to pay land dues, those buildings might not be vacant for so much of the time. OTOH, if people are feeling secure and worthy of happiness, they might move beyond religion to spiritual science or scientific mysticism. And who needs a building for that? A hike into pristine nature with a telescope might be more conducive to an epiphany.