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  •  You seem to misunderstand nonprofits. (1+ / 0-)
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    And I didn't mention nonreligious nonprofit organizations at all. The Red Cross, for example. 92.1% of their revenue goes to actually helping people. They don't, as far as I know, ever engage in politics.
    What about the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, a tax-exempt nonprofit organization whose purpose is to advocate for LGBT rights? Should they lose their tax exemption as well?
    This diary specifically suggests taxing churches. There isn't any side line. Why should nonreligious nonprofits that don't engage in politics be stripped of their status? The point is that churches are deliberately flouting the law, with impunity.
    Why should religious nonprofits that don't engage in politics be stripped of their status? You are arguing as if the few examples you provide are evidence that all churches are engaging in politics, but those examples are insufficient to support that argument. Unless you've got solid evidence that all churches are engaging in politics—and if you do, I'd sure like to see it—then I don't see how arguing that nonpolitical nonreligious nonprofits should be tax-exempt, while nonpolitical religious nonprofits shouldn't, isn't calling for state discrimination against religious organizations.
    As noted in the study referenced in the diary, not very much of the money collected by the churches actually goes to charity, which is the JOB of the churches, anyway. I'm sure the original idea behind the tax-exempt status was to allow the churches to spend their revenue helping the poor.
    "You're sure" of that, are you? Care to provide evidence to that effect, or is your entire argument here based purely on your speculation as to what the motivations of those behind tax-exemption laws must have really intended had they been thinking like you do?

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 11:06:52 AM PST

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