Is it fair that churches pay virtually no taxes? Of course for employees, that being staff, yes, they have to deduct income tax for those people, but why are churches, of any faith, exempt from those same taxes that even their members are responsible for paying, yearly?
Wherever you live, if you’re a homeowner, you pay property taxes based. on a valuation of your home by the county where you live. Some pay more than others, and that’s fair. But churches, of any faith, pay none which if it’s thought about even briefly, means that yes you, the average homeowner is paying more because the religious edifices, pay none,
I know there will be some that say it’s their constitutional right, but there’s nothing in the Constitution that give churches the right to not pay taxes. In fact it wasn’t until 1894 where Congress exempted churches from paying taxes. Whenever I hear, believers, notably Christians, talk about their being persecuted here in the U.S., I consider the privelege that they have that no onle else has.
How does this become favorable to the average citizen? Well, the easy answer is that it doesn’t and that our government deigns to give religious institutions favor where citizens pay, and pay again, whether it’s Federal or State taxes, more especially, those nagging little property taxes that fund not only local roads, but also schools.
Of course any change in the status quo would probably be very unpopular with the electorate no matter how it was explained to them concerning the benefits of all houses of worship just paying their fair share and I wouldn’t expect to see this change within my lifetime. I think i’s worth discussing and the more we can openly talk about removing this privilege, possibly more may be convinced that it is actually the right thing to do.
We should demand an end to special privileges due to religous belief. It’s not that your or my taxes will go down, but it’s fair, that these Houses of Belief pay their fair share.