Many churches do not qualify to be tax exempt, this is why.

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    http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p1828.pdf

    scroll to page 5 and read the 5 qualifications.


    Since about half or more get involved in politics, this immediately breaks the requirements to gain tax exemption status and therefore should be taxed immediately.
     
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    Why do you hate the poor?
     
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    -The organization- may not intervene in political campaigns, no -substantial part of its activity- may be attempting to influence legislation. If you've ever been to a popular church during campaign time, you'll know that most pastors/priests/choose your leader title are very careful not to directly endorse any particular bill or candidate. In my experience, they typically reiterate what Christian values are and then describe the espoused values of the candidates in question or explain the two sides of the bill and then trust the congregation to catch the implications. Legally, implied is -not- the same as stated, so this is all to the good.

    In terms of religious figures going on television and endorsing candidates, that's not legally tantamount (nor should it be) to "the organization" using "a substantial part of its activity" to attempt to influence legislation. Believe it or not, people as individuals are allowed to publicly identify themselves as being part of an organization and then espouse a political belief without it being assumed that they speak for that organization. If I went on TV in an SEIU t-shirt, identified myself as a member, and then said, "Fuck chinks!", that wouldn't mean that SEIU is officially anti-Chinese.

    These issues may not be exactly what you're referring to, but I figured I'd clear that up for ya.
     
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    What poor?
     
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    Like...Megachurch poor :D
     
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    LOL, yeah. Influencing politics and getting money to do so.
     
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    The poor who will be most adversely affected if the government taxes the Churches. I would have thought that quite obvious.
     
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    The Catholic Church runs the second largest social program in this country. Second only to the US government itself. That's our money - Catholics. Why do you want to take that money? Would you prefer the poor lose that support?
     
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    Can you prove that more than half of the churches devote a substantial part of their time to politics?
     
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    The Catholic church also sticks it's head into politics a great deal.

    Therefore, they are disqualified from being tax exempt.



    While they DO help, they make politics for the worse aswell.
     

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