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maine_raptor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-16-05 12:47 PM
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19. There is a way to do it.
As I said before:

To do away with the tax exemption for churches, charities, etc. would require a strong anti-religious movement in this country, something that is quite the opposite than what we have in America today.

But we can, as citizens, demand that our representives go after both those who abuse the system and change the damn law!

Tighten the regs, more inspection, and better accountablity. Let the State and Local tax folk know when a group or individual has abused the rules. Demand, don't just complain.
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  -It's time to tax religion Modem Butterfly  Sep-16-05 12:30 PM   #0 
  - damned straight!  antifaschits   Sep-16-05 12:30 PM   #1 
  - Absofreakinglutely.  nonconformist   Sep-16-05 12:32 PM   #2 
  - Amen...  Finder   Sep-16-05 12:35 PM   #3 
  - "Ramen" as we Pastafarians say. eom  Oregonian   Sep-16-05 12:36 PM   #5 
     - Time for Uncle Sam to take a pound of flesh from the noodly appendage!  BlueEyedSon   Sep-16-05 12:41 PM   #10 
        - No tax on food items  Sabriel   Sep-16-05 01:15 PM   #28 
  - Been tried before, tough to do, but  maine_raptor   Sep-16-05 12:36 PM   #4 
  - Maybe we could frame it as a civic duty...  Modem Butterfly   Sep-16-05 12:38 PM   #7 
     - Some localities have tried it.  maine_raptor   Sep-16-05 12:41 PM   #11 
     - They don't have "civic duties"...  Flubadubya   Sep-19-05 12:43 PM   #46 
  - I agree. I believe a tax exempt status should be granted only  Cleita   Sep-16-05 12:38 PM   #6 
  - According to IRS regs  maine_raptor   Sep-16-05 12:39 PM   #8 
     - So maybe it's time to send the IRS after the likes of  Cleita   Sep-16-05 12:43 PM   #15 
  - Or another approach  ComerPerro   Sep-16-05 12:40 PM   #9 
  - Exactly, what is the IRS definition of a "Church"?  BlueEyedSon   Sep-16-05 12:41 PM   #12 
     - Well, Pat Robinson has had "problems" in the past.  maine_raptor   Sep-16-05 12:43 PM   #16 
  - Hear hear !!!  beam me up scottie   Sep-16-05 12:43 PM   #13 
  - Why is the IRS all over me for a $1000 mistake on my taxes, but  spenbax   Sep-16-05 12:43 PM   #14 
  - We do not want them at the political table  Az   Sep-16-05 12:44 PM   #17 
  - I agree  mmonk   Sep-16-05 12:45 PM   #18 
  - There is a way to do it.  maine_raptor   Sep-16-05 12:47 PM   #19 
  - You can't tax "religion"  Bridget Burke   Sep-16-05 12:48 PM   #20 
  - "religion itself", as a concept has no income, so no tax necessary!  BlueEyedSon   Sep-16-05 12:52 PM   #23 
  - No Religion shouldn't be taxed but their property should be!! nt  political_invader   Sep-16-05 02:43 PM   #38 
  - Sure you can  TheBorealAvenger   Sep-16-05 01:45 PM   #32 
     - That's an enormous per unit tax.  Zynx   Sep-16-05 01:48 PM   #33 
        - What would a bottle of booze cost without the taxes?  TheBorealAvenger   Sep-16-05 01:59 PM   #34 
  - I'm all for this  Johonny   Sep-16-05 12:48 PM   #21 
  - Can we not do it one chruch at a time?  back2basics909   Sep-16-05 12:50 PM   #22 
  - Hmm, sounds like a project to form an organization to pursue  Cleita   Sep-16-05 12:56 PM   #25 
     - Doing some research now...  back2basics909   Sep-16-05 01:13 PM   #27 
        - Uh Oh!  Cleita   Sep-16-05 01:24 PM   #30 
  - It's heartbreaking...  Gildor Inglorion   Sep-16-05 12:56 PM   #24 
  - I agree 100%. nt  emperor72   Sep-16-05 12:57 PM   #26 
  - Yes - it's long overdue  ernstbass   Sep-16-05 01:16 PM   #29 
  - The NAACP is getting hounded for being "too political"  TheBorealAvenger   Sep-16-05 01:44 PM   #31 
  - That is a "kiss of death" issue to any candidate that tries it.  Silverhair   Sep-16-05 02:10 PM   #35 
  - 100% correct political suicide.. nt  political_invader   Sep-16-05 02:46 PM   #39 
  - The DU certainly does not represent the religious leanings of the US.  Zynx   Sep-16-05 04:59 PM   #41 
  - I'm all for it...  PsychoDad   Sep-16-05 02:34 PM   #36 
  - The Catholic Church in Boston  political_invader   Sep-16-05 02:41 PM   #37 
  - Naw.  H2O Man   Sep-16-05 02:58 PM   #40 
  - Might violate the "Free Exercise" Clause  Coastie for Truth   Sep-17-05 10:00 AM   #42 
  - Tax the shit out of them especially the ones who endorse candidates.  Ron Mexico   Sep-19-05 11:39 AM   #43 
  - Right on Ron!  hogwyld   Sep-19-05 12:40 PM   #45 
  - Right on Modem!  RedCloud   Sep-19-05 11:59 AM   #44 
  - It's time to attack religion  DanCa   Sep-19-05 12:50 PM   #47 
  - Ramen to that!  Meatwad   Sep-19-05 12:52 PM   #48 
  - there was a ballot initiative here in Colorado a few years back  paulk   Sep-19-05 01:02 PM   #49 
  - HOW ABOUT STARTING WITH THE "THINK TANKS"???  FormerRushFan   Sep-19-05 01:04 PM   #50 
  - So will you tax all non-profits and remove the deductibility of  Lydia Leftcoast   Sep-19-05 01:04 PM   #51 
  - Good call.  Heaven and Earth   Sep-19-05 01:27 PM   #52 
  - I addressed this in my original post  Modem Butterfly   Sep-19-05 01:28 PM   #53 
     - 501(c)3 status is not a "standard deduction"  Heaven and Earth   Sep-19-05 01:33 PM   #54 
  - It's long overdue  mitchum   Sep-19-05 01:44 PM   #55 

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