It really, Really, REALLY is...
It is time... to acknowledge that Churches and religious organizations are knee deep in politics and strongly "preach" their doctrine TO our government.
It is time... to enforce the "establishment clause" of the first Amendment just as rigorously as we do the "freedom of speech clause".
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It is time to take away the sweet-heart deals and tax breaks that Churches and religious organizations have enjoyed (and flaunted) for so long!
Do you realize that the Catholic Church alone has more cash and assets than Walmart? Do you realize that the Catholic Church is worth over $200 BILLION dollars and that the Mormons are right behind them???
Do you understand that, here in the US, the Catholic Church spends an estimated $170 BILLION/year. (To put that in context, General Electric Corporation has a revenue of around $150 Billion/year.)
Are you following me here? Do you see that what should be the total taxable income of all religious entities in the US is in the TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS??? (Just to put THAT in context, "US religion revenues"/yr. is roughly the same as the top 5 companies IN THE WORLD... COMBINED!)
They get away with this scam because they "allegedly" don't get involved in politics. I don't know a single thinking person who believes that. NO ONE DOES!
Sure, they occasionally throw in a "disclaimer" or two, but can you honestly tell me that this guy isn't preaching the Gospel of Donald Trump?
^^THAT^^ guy rakes in MILLIONS! He should be required to pay taxes on the income just like the kid flipping burgers at McDonald's does!
"NO FAIR", you scream! Right?
Churches/religious organizations help people and do good deed!
Okay... Let them write those "good deeds" off as charitable items just like you, I and every damn non-exempt company in the US does.
They STILL would be paying a billions in taxes per year! (based on their incoming revenues & out-going expenses.)
So, there are only two reasons given for NOT taxing Churches/religious organizations (and any 501(c)(3), as well):
1. To to keep them from "preaching politics from the pulpit" so to speak... they do it ANYWAYS! That "excuse" is dead as the proverbial door nail.
2. Because they more efficiently utilize the money for worthy causes...
My proposal is to tax every last one of them,
Then let them continue to do what they already are doing!