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Religion & Politics

"If religious groups want to get into politics, they should pay taxes"

I concur!! Why should My tax dollars go to their right to belittle Me...  

Politics and Religion… The religion within politics.. the politics within religion..

Many religious people claim to be so patriotic and always worrying about what the president is doing with the tax money, well since there are about half a million religious buildings in this country [Churches, Mosque/Temple, Synagogues, etc etc] all of which get tax exemptions why not put your money where your mouth is and stop being a burden on the government.

From what I got from the census website there are more than 300K religious buildings in this country alone, this includes, Churches [Christian and catholic], Mosque/Temples, Synagogues, and many other variations of faiths. So you take the average of these place and you get between 10-20K a year in tax exemptions. So that is let us just say 300K times 10K if we just use the minimum, that is still billions of dollars of tax money "wasted" on these places each year.

I am not saying faith is a bad thing, I am not saying you should be ridiculed or belittled if you have faith, yet these burdens do not just evaporate into thin air. When they say "tax exemptions" for the most part this burden is generally on the citizens who's paying for such things.

I mean why do not tax exemptions go to big businesses and such, why? Because they make billions and trillions of dollars per year and can afford it. But wait, churches/Mosque/Synagogues etc in this country do take in billions of dollars in donations, which is basically free money, not as if you are a business, and a large percentage of your money must go back into the products or whatever it is that you sell.  If they just try a little harder to raise money for their places, such as seeking big name donations, to support them, doing drives and such which they can donate to places to get tax write offs and such, which would save them all thousands of bucks a year.

Not to even mention… oh wait I am about to mention, that 22% of Americans classify as Atheist/Agnostic/Spiritualist and other things not usually associated with Theist places of worship, yet are still taxed to support a faith that is not their own. I am an Atheist, and I may be biased to such things as to tax someone to uphold a belief system that they personally do not subscribe to.

Yes I know that this country is supposedly flies under the façade of religious tolerance, yes I know this country was built upon being tolerant to others faith and beliefs, hm, how exactly is being tolerant to tax those who do not subscribe to a particular faith or whatever, in order to support a particular faith or group of faiths.

I think if a faith wish to occupy large spaces, and such that they should have to pay for that space themselves them selves, I mean if you're going to be of a faith, you should live by the book of that faith, and for the most part, I do not recall any faith saying, YOU MUST WORSHIP ME IN A HUGE building for Me to hear you, so if you can not worship your god or whatever in small shack and still keep your members I believe that says more about their lack of faith than their needing to have such outlandish things such as a large buildings, and stuff like that that we all have to pay for whether we subscribe to that faith or not.

Okay, I guess My mind has no more to say or simply ran out of gas… So I shall conclude this post here.

As I Said, this submission was not meant to bash any faith, nor did I bash anyone's faith, yet merely questioning some of the correlations between faith and politics. I mean there shall never be for the most part an open Atheist, or non main stream faith person elected to an important position within this country for the most part because the majority of Americans do subscribe to a certain faith and are generally fearful of what they do not understand or may see as an opposing view or faith.
To think, this whole submission came about when I was going through My photobucket pictures and happen to find a photo that said "If religious groups want to get into politics, they should pay taxes"

This submission is not to discuss being tolerant of ones faith, or of what one believes or doesn't believe per se, though I know it may arise, but it is merely what was on My mind at the time.

I am an Atheist, and while I do respect others faiths or beliefs, I do believe there is nothing wrong in questioning them.
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ArrayOfStars Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I would eliminate non-profit status. It actually does more harm than good.
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AtheosEmanon Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Depends on context, without nonprofits they would be able to donate even more to political institutions.
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check that out
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ArrayOfStars Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I don't like it when the majority of a non-profits "income' doesn't go to it's services but instead into someone's pocket who runs the organization. Making over a half million dollars a year for being a CEO or Executive Director if a charity or non-profit organization is ridiculous.
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AtheosEmanon Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Which is why I support non-profit reform but not getting rid of it all together.
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Tax the churches. It would do a lot to ease the US debt.
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AtheosEmanon Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I completely agree, I mean if they truly wish to maintain their sovereignty than why not pay your own property taxes instead of it being state subsidized?
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Tax the churches, or strictly forbid them from meddling in politics.
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AtheosEmanon Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I also agree, like the Mormon church OF UTAH giving more than 20 million dollars to get prop 8 passed in California.
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Prop 8, the gay marriage ban?
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AtheosEmanon Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, the Church of Ladder day Saints [Mormons] of Utah poured over 20M dollars in ads, etc

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"The Mormon Church's members have contributed some $22 million into Prop 8, a vicious campaign here in California seeking to strip fundamental marriage rights from same-sex couples, making them permanent second-class citizens. "
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