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NerdyKeith's avatar

Since Churches don't pay taxes, should they be eligible for state funding?

Asked by NerdyKeith (5464points) April 25th, 2016

Apparently the US Supreme Court is to make that very decision.

Personally, my view is that they should not get state funding. They don’t pay taxes; so they shouldn’t be getting benefits. I also think that it is a violation of separation of state and church.

If they can’t afford maintenance for their property; they could just shut it down until they can raise the funds by other means.

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stanleybmanly's avatar

Hell no!!!!’

jerv's avatar

Not just no, not even Hell no, but PROSECUTE ANY DUMBASS WHO THINKS THEY SHOULD!

Seek's avatar

Absolutely not. This is right up there with public school voucher money going to religious schools.

tinyfaery's avatar

No and no. And if they participate in politics they should not be tax exempt.

Dutchess_III's avatar

What state funding have they ever gotten?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Edit: Just read the link. Of course they shouldn’t, and I find it weird that it’s even a question.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

It’s called a faith-based initiative – a government partnering with a religious organization to provide a public service, such as a soup kitchen or food bank, a homeless or battered-women’s shelter, a preschool for disadvantaged children, etc. Republicans are very fond of this sort of funding, and George H. W. Bush pushed it hard.

I’ve objected for many years. Yes, it’s very nice if a church provides meals to hungry people, but the recipients are often denied food unless they say a blessing or agree to listen to a religious pitch. No government agency should subsidize that sort of activity; the church should pay for its own program. The same thing goes for early childhood education that includes prayer and religious education, or a playground with a cross or religious icon.

jca's avatar

No. I never knew they were even eligible for state funding. Churches, convents, temples, synagogues, mosques, none should get it to renovate anything on their property.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

By the way, this issue has nothing to do with the income-tax-exempt status of a religious institution. There are many other types of exempt organizations that are not subject to income taxation. Such organizations have no religious affiliations but might receive federal, state, or local government funds – often payments for contract work, and sometimes grants for public initiatives.

The matter concerns the separation of church and state, and the need to avoid public funding of religious endeavors.

rojo's avatar

Gonna go on the separation of Church and State concept and say no.

Coloma's avatar

To parrot everyone else, no, no, no, hell no, WTF no, no, no, nope, no.

si3tech's avatar

@Coloma Is that a negative? rofl:)

NerdyKeith's avatar

@Coloma Are you sure would you like to phone a friend on that one? Just kidding!

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