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  •  Ad the additional income will make them eligible (1+ / 0-)
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    For Obamacare, right?

    This will help ministers in the red states refusing the Medicaid expansion, which they would qualify for if they are really paid $1,500 a month.

    I imagine Joel Olsteen has a prosperity plan in place for impoverished ministers families.

    Do you know that the Mormon clergy are all volunteers, given no pay at all, except for the really big wigs, most of whom are quite wealthy anyway? 30ish people volunteer to keep each church and Sunday school programs up and running.

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 09:49:16 PM PST

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    •  Volunteers aren't taxed. But the church gets $ (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not very familiar with non-profit organizations but I expect some get tax breaks. If so, a truly non profit church can get the same. But if I pay money to be part of a non religious group which makes enough to own buildings and pay salaries and so forth, I would expect that organization will be taxed somewhat. Those salaried employees are taxed and if we are housing them I'd expect that property to be taxable etc. And some churches do own businesses which do turn a profit or own valuable real estate which isn't taxed. Is that fair?

      Why should religions not be taxed other than they are groups of people who believe in entities which can't even be demonstrated to exist? Can someone define their non profit group to be declared sacred because they hold a belief in something to become exempt? Why can't secular positions be declared sacred if you don't need to demonstrate that the beliefs in those positions are based on something that cannot be demonstrated as real?

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