Should churches and clergy pay regular taxes? Why should the fireman teacher and nurse have to work to support the freeloading clergy? How is that a separation of church and state?
Early in America's history the Supreme Court declared "the power to tax is the power to destroy", McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819. The First Amendment prohibits any law which prohibits the free exercise of religion. Any attempt to tax churches would be challenged on the grounds that that tax prohibits the free exercise of religion. The challenge would probably succeed. It would take a Constitutional Amendment to tax churches. Don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen.
It’s seperation of Church and state because of our Declaration of Independence from England was based upon taxation without representation.
So if we tax churches and their clergy then they will be entitled to hold and/or create political positions within our government and I don’t need to remind anyone how that worked for Europe and now the Middle East
I'm pretty sure firemen, most teachers, and some nurses work for not for profit organizations. So yes it is an unfair advantage for churches. In some cases a huge advantage. Why do you think The Church Of Scientology fought vigorously for many years to get that status. It was a mega windfall for them. Now with the new RFRA laws it seems very relaxed. We had a guy in Indiana file for and get religious tax exempt status for yes, The First Church Of Cannabis.
I guess I'll play devil's advocate here. According to the tax code Churches are non-for-profit organizations, like Rotary or the Cancer Society, which are exempt from taxes because as a society we want to encourage their work in providing beneficial services to the public. You and I might question the value of some of the services they provide (religious counseling, ministry work, etc.), although many churches do a lot of good work in their communities.
I would argue that it would be discriminatory to not allow churches to have not-for-profit tax status just because we don't agree with the premise of their faith. But I'd be happy to hear someone argue why they shouldn't qualify...
I don't see why not. Tax laws are not made specific to undermine religion. They are there to tax income. The churchs income should be taxed if they take in more than expenditures. The tax law in general does not violate the 1st amendment. Its the tax code that could. Its complexity could be used to tax religion out. To be able to tax a religions income, the tax code must be eliminated and flat tax type of system used.
Or just quit dicking around and change income tax to sales tax.