Question for atheists, agnostics, other non-believers.

Discussion in 'Religion and Ethics' started by Dr.Drock, Jul 7, 2011.

?

Do you think our rights are being violated by giving tax breaks to religious organiza

  1. Yes

    7 vote(s)
    46.7%
  2. No

    6 vote(s)
    40.0%
  3. Not sure

    2 vote(s)
    13.3%
  1. Dr.Drock
    Offline

    Dr.Drock Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2009
    Messages:
    9,680
    Thanks Received:
    940
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +940
    Do you think our rights are being violated by giving tax breaks to religious organizations?

    We're taxed more in order to give churches/synagogues/mosques/etc tax breaks.

    I want to give full disclosure on my opinion for those who don't already know it. I believe those organizations should get tax breaks on the individual charitable causes they do (feeding the homeless etc), but I don't like that I'm taxed more so that they can more easily afford new books, new building ammenities, decorations, etc. They also don't have to pay property taxes and we do, despite not following any of their beliefs.
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 1
  2. Sallow
    Offline

    Sallow The Big Bad Wolf. Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2010
    Messages:
    56,535
    Thanks Received:
    6,132
    Trophy Points:
    1,840
    Location:
    New York City
    Ratings:
    +7,394
    So long as they do not become involved in politics..I don't have a problem with the tax breaks.
     
  3. Dr.Drock
    Offline

    Dr.Drock Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2009
    Messages:
    9,680
    Thanks Received:
    940
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +940
    To me it seems like government is establishing a religion by giving tax breaks to groups solely because they believe in a god, when those who don't believe in a god aren't given the same opportunity for a tax break.
     
  4. Anachronism
    Offline

    Anachronism BANNED

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2011
    Messages:
    2,655
    Thanks Received:
    231
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    New England
    Ratings:
    +231
    My feeling is that the charitable work these organizations do more than offsets the amount of tax breaks they receive. I say that as someone whose grandfather was a Lutheran Minister.
     
  5. Marie888
    Offline

    Marie888 † † †

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2010
    Messages:
    954
    Thanks Received:
    215
    Trophy Points:
    78
    Location:
    Temporarily on earth †
    Ratings:
    +215
    What, just religious ones? What about other Nonprofit Organizations also?

    Nonprofit organization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Examples:

    .
     
  6. Anachronism
    Offline

    Anachronism BANNED

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2011
    Messages:
    2,655
    Thanks Received:
    231
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    New England
    Ratings:
    +231
    It's not about "believing in God". It's about the charitable work that these organizations do on a regular basis. The other option would be to allow these organizations to write off all their charitable contributions and activities instead, which in most cases would mean they would still pay nothing.
     
  7. Youwerecreated
    Offline

    Youwerecreated VIP Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2010
    Messages:
    13,273
    Thanks Received:
    164
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Ratings:
    +174
    Is paranoia a problem in your family ?

    Our government sometimes reward organizations they think do good things in our society.

    Or they reward organizations that contribute a lot of money to politicians,take your pick.
     
  8. Dr.Drock
    Offline

    Dr.Drock Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2009
    Messages:
    9,680
    Thanks Received:
    940
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +940
    I'd need to see a link or something that shows most of the money they take it goes back to charitable causes and not just the standard weekly church routine and the church itself.

    Not saying you're wrong, I'd just need proof of it. Because I'm certain that wasn't the case with the church my parents made me go to.
     
  9. PLYMCO_PILGRIM
    Offline

    PLYMCO_PILGRIM Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2009
    Messages:
    17,416
    Thanks Received:
    2,855
    Trophy Points:
    183
    Location:
    America's Home Town
    Ratings:
    +2,863
    I have a problem with people getting tax breaks for stuff like churches and media matters.

    I say that if the church does charity work then they can deduct that expense off of any tax burden they may have in absence of their current tax breaks but they should not get tax breaks just for being a church, mosque, cynagoge, or outlets like mediamatters (the athiest church, lol).
     
  10. Dr.Drock
    Offline

    Dr.Drock Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2009
    Messages:
    9,680
    Thanks Received:
    940
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +940
    I'm not the one who gloats about living in fear or takes personal glee in the idea of others misfortunes, that'd be you.
     

Share This Page